What to Expect From Your Breast Reduction Recovery
As with any plastic surgery procedure, your recovery is one of the most important parts. During your consultation with Dr. Azouz, you’ll receive step-by-step instructions on how to make the best of your recovery and what exactly to expect for follow-up appointments, but it can be helpful to know what your downtime will look like in the days following your procedure. Here are some of the main things to keep in mind.
Most plastic surgery procedures come with some discomfort or pain afterwards, but this can be managed with medications prescribed by Dr. Azouz. These can also include medications to help decrease swelling and prevent infection, so it’s important to follow these instructions carefully. You’ll want to collect plenty of pillows to help make yourself comfortable, since you will want to avoid moving too much as you sleep. This can disturb your incisions and cause discomfort. You’ll also be asked to wear a surgical bra during this time to aid in blood flow and help your skin adhere to the new contour. This is similar to a supportive athletic bra and should be worn for the first few weeks or until Dr. Azouz clears you for removing it.
Knowing Your Timeline
Your breast reduction recovery timeline can depend on a few different things– like your body’s natural healing process, the procedure itself, and how much time for rest you give yourself. You can expect to take around a week off of work or school for your initial recovery period, but you may be able to return to physical activity within a month or longer. Dr. Azouz can give you the best idea of what to expect during your consultation, as well as during your follow-up appointments to ensure your incisions are healing properly.
Most patients notice a substantial improvement in their posture and back pain immediately after the procedure, although some swelling will occur. This will only continue to improve as your body heals and your results settle into their new form and position. This can continue to occur for months after your procedure, so you may need to be prepared with clothing for different stages of recovery as your body adjusts. Some patients experience regrowth at some point after their procedure, especially with pregnancy and nursing, so it’s important to speak with Dr. Azouz about what you can expect in the long term.
A breast reduction procedure can be one of the best procedures that women with large breasts choose for themselves. To discuss your options and what you can expect, schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz who can recommend the best option for you.
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