When you leave hospital a sports bra is fitted and worn day and night for four to six weeks postoperatively. You should experience mild discomfort during this period. The surgical wounds can sometimes be slow to heal, so regular dressing changes may be necessary. Occasionally infection can occur in the breast tissues. This complication is more common in smokers – a very good reason to quit beforehand.
You can return to normal daily activities at your own pace over the next few days, but avoid heavy lifting and strenuous physical exercise for four weeks. Some women will return to work within a week of their surgery. But for those with physically demanding jobs, two to three weeks is more realistic.
Your surgeon will review you during the six months after your surgery. By now your scars will be settling and the postoperative swelling will have disappeared. The breasts will have attained a more natural shape and the tightness and altered sensation experienced in the immediate postoperative period will have largely resolved.
Throughout your life it is important that you continue to follow your doctor’s guidelines for breast self-examination and screening mammography.
There is reliable evidence that breast reduction surgery is associated with a decreased lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.