Post operatively activity and sleeping? (photos)
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Post Op Instructions for Breast Reduction
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Breast reduction recovery
We surgeons each have our own recommendations for postop recovery, so it's really important that you call your surgeon's office and clarify what his/her recommendations are. It look like you are on your way to a nice result.
In general, here are some some of my recommendations for my own patients:
No restrictions on arm movement - Ok to raise arms to do hair etc.
No restrictions on sleep position, although many women are most comfortable on their backs for awhile, especially if there was liposuction on the sides or a longer T- scar. Sleeping on side is OK.
No restrictions on bras - comfy and stretchy is usually best. We provide bras, but sometimes patients prefer their own and I believe comfort is important and that the bra does not create the result.
Sleeping in a soft stretchy bra is usually more comfortable than going without.
Showers are unlimited starting the day after surgery.
Avoid lifting more than about 10 pounds, for 1-2 weeks,primarily due to risk of bleeding (risk diminishes after the first couple of days but bleeding can still happen)
Avoid driving if taking pain medicine.
I hope those general suggestions might help you, but please do clarify with your surgeon.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.