What is the recovery period for basic day to day things after Breast Reduction?

Hey guys, just wondering if anyone knows the recovery period for basic daily stuff… I know you can't do any physical activity for at least 2/3 weeks but what about school? Will i be able to go for some classes at least after couple days of my surgery?

Doctor Answers 5

Activity after reduction surgery

can usually be resumed earlier than most other procedures.  If you have an uneventful procedure, I would see no reason why you couldn't have your surgery on a Friday and go back to classes on Monday with the understanding that you may not be interested in class and you can't be taking narcotics for pain.  This would mean no strenuous activities during this time so if you backpack is heavy, that would be considered strenuous.  BUT this is something you should clear with your surgeon since if you have problems, your surgeon will be the one dealing with them.


Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Activities after a breast reduction

Most breast reduction patients can get back to activities of daily living in 5 to 7 days following surgery.  For the first 4  - 6  weeks you want to avoid activities that make the breasts bounce up and down.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction Recovery

Wanting to know when you can safely resume school responsibilities demonstrates that you understand the importance of taking the necessary steps to ensure successful outcomes for your breast reduction surgery.  To that end, the best way to fully understand what to expect from breast reduction surgery is to set up a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your desired outcomes for the procedure.  After reviewing your health history, lifestyle, and other factors that can impact the recovery period, you and your surgeon will create a customized treatment plan utilizing the techniques that will achieve your ideal breast shape and size in optimal safety and comfort.

Although the recovery process varies, most breast reduction patients can typically resume work and school responsibilities within 1-2 weeks of their procedure, provided that these responsibilities do not conflict with
the physical restrictions outlined by their doctor.  Driving can be resumed around this time as long as pain medication has been discontinued.  Most breast reduction patients characterize their discomfort as moderate; thus, many take prescription pain medication for just a couple of days, though some continue it for a bit longer.  You may also notice that you feel tired more quickly than usual for a while after your surgery, and it’s important to get the rest your body needs as you recuperate.  The majority of your recovery will be complete within about six weeks.

Camille Cash, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction Recovery

You may still be taking pain medications 2-3 days after surgery which will make attending classes difficult.  You may feel well but get tired quickly throughout the day.  Your body needs to rest to heal and if you push yourself you may feel worse.  Best to plan on at least 1 week of rest before resuming even light activities. 

Breast Reduction Recovery

Typical Post operative recovery from breast surgery is 4-6 weeks before normal activity.  Patients often begin driving at 2 weeks and are allowed light activity and excercise.  Lifting restriction are usually no heavier than 15 lbs for the first 4-6 weeks.  I recommend you spend time discussing your particular case with a board certified plastic surgeon to develop the optimal treatment plan.

John G. Apostolides, MD, FACS
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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