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What is recovery like from breast reduction surgery?

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You will need to take at least 1 week off from work or school for breast reduction surgery. Some people need 2 weeks. Your surgeon will instruct you on follow-up appointments for removing bandages and stitches.

While you recover, you'll need to stop physical activity for at least 1 month after surgery.

After breast reduction surgery, you should expect to feel tired and have breast pain. This is normal. Your surgeon will give you an oral painkiller to ease you through the first few days after surgery. You should also avoid heavy lifting.

Some people have an emotional reaction, such as feeling depressed, after the surgery. That can be normal, but make sure you tell your doctor about all your concerns.

From: Breast Reduction Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "2011 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report."

Mayo Clinic: "Breast Reduction Surgery." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Reduction."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 28, 2017

SOURCES:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "2011 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report."

Mayo Clinic: "Breast Reduction Surgery." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Reduction."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 28, 2017

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