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What is the recovery period like after Breast Reduction surgery? What instructions should I observe?
You will have some pain and nausea after your surgery. Your physician will prescribe the appropriate antibiotics and pain medications. For the first two-to-three days, sleep with your head elevated. Do not sleep on your stomach or sides until cleared by your physician.
Also, do not remove your bandages until instructed to do so by your physician. And, do not drink alcohol, take aspirin, or diet pills until your physician gives you approval to do so.
Some additional suggestions are below:
- Refrain from smoking for at least three weeks.
- Wear soft bras or maternity bras with no underwire for at least six months after your surgery.
- You may walk, but you cannot participate in sports or strenuous physical activities until cleared by your physician.
- Do not raise your arms above your head for two weeks. This can potentially cause a displacement of your implants.
- Keep your drains in a position where they will not attach to anything, and be accidentally removed. Keep a log of how much fluid is drained, twice daily. Usually, when the total volume of drainages subsides to less than 30 ccs per day, the drains will be removed by the nurse or the doctor.
Following surgery, expect the areas of your breasts or nipples to be numb for several weeks; this is normal and expected.
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