Breast Reduction Surgery: Procedure & Recovery Time

The aim of breast reduction surgery is to remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to create a more proportioned look. Large breasts can cause neck and back pain while making exercise a massive challenge. Not to mention how it can impact your comfort while you sleep. Breast reduction is major surgery. If you’re thinking about getting breast reduction surgery, here’s what you can expect during the procedure and recovery process. 

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is also known as reduction mammaplasty. If you feel out of proportion, the idea of getting your breast size reduced has probably popped into your mind. Maybe you struggle to exercise comfortably, find clothes that fit, experience pain, or feel self-conscious about the size of your breasts. Whatever the reason, a breast reduction can help you look more in proportion and alleviate neck and back pain. 

During the operation, your surgeon will remove extra fat, skin, and tissue from the breasts. The nipples are then lifted, and the breast is reshaped into a smaller size. There are different ways you can perform breast reductions. Depending on the method you use, the scar may be in a slightly different place. No matter which surgery works best for you, you can rest assured that the scarring won’t be visible in bikini tops, bras, or your everyday clothes. 

What Happens During Your Breast Reduction Surgery Consultation? 

At Harley Clinic, we conduct a thorough assessment to develop a bespoke treatment and recovery plan. This includes a complete exam and analysis. Your doctor will formulate a treatment plan and talk you through the entire process, risks, and potential side effects. It’s your surgeon’s job to answer all of your questions so that you feel completely ready for your surgery and recovery journey. 

How Long to Recover from Breast Reduction Surgery? 

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After the surgery, you will wake up with bandaging and will probably have drains attached to each breast. You will be observed for a few hours and given instructions on how to change your bandages and empty the drains. You will need to rest for two weeks. It’s normal to experience soreness, swelling, and tenderness in the first few days. 

In about ten days following your surgery, your stitches will be removed. After approximately one month, you will start to feel like yourself again as your body heals. It’s important to remember that you are still recovering in the first few months. You will feel better and stronger each day. At 6-8 months, the breasts will fully settle, and your scars will begin to lighten. 

Large breasts can cause back, and neck pain and make it difficult to find clothes that really fit. Breast reduction surgery can reduce the size, increase confidence, and alleviate pain associated with large breasts. 

Would you like a consultation about this procedure? Contact us and our team will be happy to help.

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