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What to Expect from Breast Reduction Recovery


The timeline of recovery from breast reduction will vary from patient to patient and depends on several factors, including the extent of the surgery, the technique used to perform the surgery, and the patient’s overall health. Dr. David Passaretti can help patients prepare for the breast reduction recovery process at his Darien, CT, practice so that they know what to expect following their surgery. Dr. Passaretti is a skilled and experienced breast reduction surgeon who works diligently to minimize his patients’ recovery time and their risk of complications or infections. 

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Immediately Following Breast Reduction Surgery

On the day of your breast reduction, you will be able to walk around, but may need assistance. We recommend having another person stay with you for the first 24 to 48 hours to help you get dressed, cook, and perform other household chores because your range of motion will be limited. You will likely experience pain, bruising, and swelling within the first few days. Dr. Passaretti will prescribe pain medication to help alleviate discomfort. You will have bandages, and you will likely have drains at your incision sites. These will need to be cleaned and changed regularly to prevent infection. You will not be able to shower for the first couple of days and must wear a compression garment to support your incisions.

Over the first week, you may do some light walking, but should avoid any bending or lifting as your incisions heal. Most breast surgery patients can return to work after a week at home. You should be able to manage any discomfort with prescribed medication for the first week. The pain should subside within a week or two, however the swelling will last longer.

Dr. Passaretti is a skilled and experienced breast reduction surgeon who works diligently to minimize his patients’ recovery time and their risk of complications or infections. 

Short-term Recovery

Dr. Passaretti will remove any drains and stitches within the first couple weeks. He will monitor your healing progress to ensure your incisions do not become infected and that you do not experience any other complications. Over the first couple weeks, you should continue light activities such as walking, which can increase blood flow and help speed the healing process. You will continue to wear your compression garment or specialized bra for at least three weeks after surgery.

Within three to four weeks, you may begin to return to full activity, but may still need to adapt your exercise routine. You will have a better range of motion and you should not experience any significant pain at this point. You will still have some swelling, and you will notice scarring. At this stage, your scars will be thick and pink as with any breast surgery. You can lessen the visibility of your scars by following all of Dr. Passaretti’s post-surgery instructions for caring for your incisions.

Long-term Recovery

It may take two to three months for the swelling to completely subside. Once the swelling fades, you will be able to see the final results of your breast reduction. Your scars should be less visible at this time, and can continue to fade. Over the next six months to a year, you may continue to see subtle changes to your breasts as they settle into their final position.

Discover Your Options

If you think you might benefit from breast reduction surgery, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Passaretti. He can help you understand your unique case and the details of recovery.

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