When women come to me to learn about breast reduction on Long Island, they frequently ask about the recovery period needed. I appreciate their concern and discuss precisely what is involved.
After breast reduction surgery, you will need to wear a surgical bra to support your breasts. Though you are likely to experience mild bruising and swelling, I prescribe pain medication to maximize comfort during recovery.
I always advise my patients to rest for a few days, with limited physical activity. You can shower after 48 hours. Most stitches are dissolving, but I remove the few non-dissolving stitches in the first week. You should only need to wear the surgical or support bra for about 6 weeks.
Once your recovery is complete, here are some benefits you can expect:
- Less pressure and stress on our shoulders, upper back, and neck from overly large breasts.
- You can shop for clothes without worrying about the need to “cover” or “hide” your breasts.
- After healing, you can participate in formerly difficult activities such as jogging and aerobics classes.
- Many patients even tell me that the headaches they experienced and deep, painful grooves in their shoulders due to their bra straps vanished almost immediately after the surgery.