Are you considering or planning for breast reduction surgery? Many women with large breasts choose breast reduction surgery to relieve back and shoulder pain and other issues caused by a full chest. If a breast reduction is in your future, consider the following helpful breast reduction recovery tips:
Ask for Help – If possible, have your significant other, parent or good friend there to help care for you for the first 48 to 72 hours following your surgery. It is very important to have someone there to wake you for medications, help you to the bathroom, prepare food for you and to be there in the event of an unforeseen emergency. If you are on your own, try to find someone that can check on you for the first couple of days.
Take Your Medications – Taking your antibiotics and pain medication as instructed are important to the healing process. To prevent infection, finish your entire course of antibiotics and do not skip pills.
Follow All Your Surgeon’s Instructions – It’s important to follow all post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing. Following breast reduction in Annandale, Dr. Nickodem will give you detailed instructions regarding driving, bathing, exercise, etc.
Eat Right – Some foods, especially high protein foods, may aide in the recovery process. You also don’t want to be taking your medications on an empty stomach as this can cause nausea.
Don’t Overdo It – During the first couple of weeks you may find that you will tire quite easily, even doing simple things you did before your surgery. Don’t hesitate to ask family or friends to help with things like grocery shopping, caring for children or household chores. If you overdo it in the beginning of the healing process, you may regret it as your recovery progresses.
Wear Compression Garments as Instructed – Post surgery compression garments help your breasts during the recovery period in several ways. Benefits include:
- Improving circulation
- Preventing sagging skin
- Supporting the breasts
- Reducing scar formation
- Reducing breast movement
- Minimizing swelling
- Increasing healing rate
Keep All Post-Operative Appointments – These are important so that Dr. Nickodem can gauge your progress. Even if you are feeling better, it is important to attend post-op visits as your doctor will be looking for things you may not be able to see.
Be Patient – Full recovery from breast reduction may take up to a year to achieve. Scars, swelling, sensitivity and breast shape will go through many phases following your surgery and final results may not be noticeable for several months.
Breast reduction surgery can be an incredibly beneficial procedure, even life-changing, for patients suffering from the weight of overly large breasts. To learn more about breast reduction recovery in Annandale, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com.