How Long After Breast Reduction Surgery Are Breasts Swollen?

I had a breast reduction two weeks ago. I started at a 32F, and my doctor and I agreed that "around" a small C-cup would be better for my petite, athletic frame. I have had an excellent recovery so far; however, my breasts are still big for my size. I can even fit into a DD-cup bra. I'm a bit nervous that I will have gone through a major surgery and still have over-sized breasts. Even though my breast size hasn't decreased much since the day after surgery, could they are still swollen? If not, can this be corrected without undergoing extensive surgery again?

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Post op swelling after breast reduction

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Two weeks is very early after a breast reduction--you will certainly still have a lot of the expected and normal postoperative edema.  I typically tell patients that postoperative swelling resolves slowly; maybe 80% is resolved within 6-8 weeks, but the rest may take up to 6-8 months to resolve.  Be patient!

Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Two Weeks is Early, 12 Months Minimum.

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3 Dimensional studies of post operative patients show that it takes a whole year for swelling to subside. 

Stay In communication with your plastic surgeon.  Voice your concerns.  Give it time.  If you and your plastic surgeon agree that an adjustment is needed, a simple revision is possible.  

Many size issues resolve with patience.  Patience is often rewarded with better than expected outcomes. But never fear, help is available if needed. 

Breast Reduction and Post operative Swelling

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Bruising and swelling following breast reduction surgery can take weeks to months before achieving a more stable final result. Most of my patients will experience significant swelling for at least two weeks following breast reduction surgery. The breasts  after reduction surgery typically begin to settle around one month and by three months post operation the breasts seem to have settled into a more consistent position and size. 

Jason S. Cooper, MD
Jupiter Plastic Surgeon

Breast reduction swelling recovery

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Congratulations, the hardest part is over! You are past the riskiest period in terms of complications after breast reduction surgery, but settling process will take a little while, close to 3 months you will see something close to your final result, but it will actually take even longer to settle completely.

You definitely have swelling and a different look which can all contribute to increase cup size.

At the beginning, the breasts look a little bit upside down, with more fulness at the top and tight at the bottom, as the gravity will then do the rest and settle them down. it is also so we avoid any pressure on your recent scars and wounds. what you can do best is to follow instructions, look after scars, look after your skin and general health, and wear soft, protective and supportive bras.

Hunting for new bras should not be for about 3 months, however you can have something nice for night if you feel like, providing that it does not hurt you.

it is important to feel well and happy an enjoy very moment.

See where you are at at 3-6 months before analysing the results and talk to your surgeon, they should be able to tell you what would be most suitable for the future too.

Carmen Munteanu, MD, FRACS
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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Post Breast Reduction Healing

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Some discomfort, swelling and discoloration of the #breasts are to be expected for several weeks. The scars at the incision lines typically become reddish and a few weeks after surgery are raised and firm. After a number of months they become pale and soft. After 8-12 months, the scars are relatively inconspicuous. The #nipples and some areas of the skin may be numb or sensitive after surgery. Sensation may return within a few weeks or months, but may be diminished or overly sensitive.

If you have severe redness, swelling, drainage or odor, it is important to call the office and speak with the doctor or medical staff. You may need to be seen in the office and evaluated. If the wound becomes separated or you develop a small opening, this again should be evaluated so that appropriate steps can be taken as soon as possible.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Breast Reduction

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Post-operative swelling can take 6-12 months to completely subside.  Since you are still very early in the healing process, I would advise you to hold off on assessing your results and breast size for quite a while until you are much further along in your recovery process.  Best of luck!

Swollen Breasts After Reduction Surgery

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Two weeks is still very early in the recovery process. The swelling that you are experiencing is common and completely normal. It could take 6-12 months to see the final results.

Still Swollen at 2 Weeks

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At 2 weeks you are very early after surgery to judge the outcome.  However, it may not be possible to go all the way down to a C cup from an F cup. There are limitations based on the amount of tissue that must be preserved to maintain circulation and sensation to the nipple, and allow for healing of the skin. It is best under these circumstances to tell your board certified plastic surgeon that you would like to get as close to a C cup as possible, and let them reshape your breast at the time of surgery to the size that is most appropriate based on your anatomy. Then you will get the best breast shape that can be achieved, and maximize the chances of a risk free recovery!

How Long After Breast Reduction Surgery Are Breasts Swollen?

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You are very early in your postoperative course. You still have a considerable amount of swelling from surgery and that should dissipate over time. Typically it can take at least six months before you get to the point where the swelling is gone, and can take upwards of year for the final result. Be patient. Sounds like you're right on course.

Richard Pecunia, MD, FACS
Hattiesburg Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction-Greece:Final size after surgery,Dr Nodas Kapositas,M.D,PhD

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The most important thing before a breast reduction surgery is the consulation with your Plastic Surgeon.During the consultation your Dr said to youthat you will have a C cup.It is very useful during consultation to bring photos of the size you wish to have after surgery to avoid dissapointments.Keep in mind that you will have the final result 9 months later.

Nodas Kapositas, MD, PhD
Greece Plastic Surgeon

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