How do you get the swelling down after breast reduction surgery?

Doctor Answers 2

Breast Reduction and swelling

Swelling is common and normal after any surgery- including breast reduction. There's really not much you can do to help decrease the swelling- usually TIME alone will take care of it. Just be patient and your body will resolve the swelling on its own. Sometimes it make take up to 3 months for the swelling to fully resolve. Take Care.  


Nanuet Plastic Surgeon

Reducing swelling

Hello and thank you for your question,

While there is no way to make swelling go away after surgery other than time, there are some things you can do it reduce swelling. Drinking plenty of fluids after surgery can help flush the body of the edema. Another way to reduce your swelling is to keep any lifting and activity you do with your arms and chest after surgery minimal. Swelling after a reduction can last a few months, so don't be alarmed if you are still seeing swelling a few weeks after surgery. Wish you the best of luck with your recovery!

John W. Tyrone, MD
Gainesville Plastic Surgeon
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