Thanks to advances in modern surgical practice, breast reductions can now be performed on an outpatient basis. This means that you will be able to return home the same day as your surgery. Prior to the day of your surgery, you should make arrangements to have someone drive you home. Because a breast reduction is typically performed under general anesthesia, you will be held for a short while for observation after the operation. At this point, you will be able to go home.
It is normal to experience some pain and discomfort following your breast reduction. Dr. Davidson will prescribe pain medication to help you through this initial period. You will need to take about a week off from work and other activities immediately following your procedure, although some women take as long as two weeks to recover. Bandages and compression garments will normally need to be worn for several days. There may be small tubes placed under the skin to drain excess fluid from the affected area. These will usually come out within the first few days. You will be able to resume regular bathing within several days.
You should regain the full range of motion in your arms after about a week. At this time, you can return to most activities. However, exercise should be avoided for at least a few weeks. After the compression garments are removed, you will need to wear a special bra for about a month. You can begin wearing your regular bras, including those with an underwire, after this time. Unlike most breast augmentation procedures, a breast reduction does not require the doctor to divide the chest muscles. This means you will have a faster recovery of range of motion sooner than most breast augmentation patients.
Bruising and swelling are typical and may last for a few weeks. Scars from the incisions will remain longer, usually reaching their ultimate state within the first year. Numbness in the nipples or other areas of the breasts may be present for up to six weeks. This usually subsides, although a small amount of numbness can remain for up to two years as the nerves heal. Permanent loss of sensation is very rare with this procedure. You should notice the results of your surgery almost immediately. However, scar healing may interfere with the appearance of your breasts during the first six months.
Dr. Davidson takes special care to make sure all of his patients receive the best recovery plan possible. It is important to follow his instructions carefully to guarantee the best recovery possible from your breast reduction. A fast and complete recovery can help you get back to your life sooner and with the figure you want.