After a breast reduction how long before total physical capabilities are back. I'm 69 years old, slim and in good health?

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Breast reduction

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Most patients can go back to light duty within about a week. They can then start light aerobics by about 3-4 weeks, and heavy exertion by about 6-8 weeks.  

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction recovery time frame and post-op activities

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The discomfort eases up by the fourth day and patients are usually back to work in an office setting on the fifth day after surgery. Three weeks after surgery, I tell them that it's OK for them to do aerobic activity (treadmill, stationary bike, etc.), running and lower-body weight training. Women are usually comfortable doing arm exercises (upper-body weights) starting about six weeks after surgery. All activities are full speed ahead at this point, including swimming. For more information on this and similar topics, I recommend a plastic surgery Q&A book like "The Scoop On Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths." Hope this helps and good luck.

Ted Eisenberg, DO, FACOS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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After a breast reduction how long before total physical capabilities are back.

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Congratulations on your decision to proceed with breast reduction surgery; this operation tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform.  To answer your question: much will depend on what you mean by "total physical capabilities".  I find that most patients are back to most of their usual activities by the 4-6 weeks post op mark; as you can imagine, this will vary from one patient to another.  For more specifics, discuss exactly what activities you wish to return to; your plastic surgeon will always be your best resource.  Best wishes for outcome that you will be very pleased with.

69 yr breast reduction back to normal

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The 69 years is less important than the slim and in good health.
Assuming the operation goes well and there are no serious complications. I would expect most patients (including 69 yrs old) to be 60% recovered at one month 80% at 6 weeks and 95% at 8 weeks.
In the first month activity is usually limited to walking. In the second month one would hope to build up activity to near normal by 2 months.
If you are a vigorous sports person e.g. tennis and golf you may need longer but I would hope the great majority of patients would be back to full activity at 3 months.
There are never guarantees with recovery after operations and clearly complications could affect recovery. You should discuss your expectations with a suitably qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and follow the advice of the surgeon you choose to do your surgery.
Best wishes.

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