Breast Reduction Recovery

Breast Reduction in Sydney

What should you expect after a breast reduction in Sydney?

Most breast reduction procedures are performed with the plan of an overnight stay in hospital. This ensures your safety after your breast reduction in Sydney. Many patients will have small drains in their breasts when they wake up, to prevent the build up of fluid. The drains will stay in until there is only a small amount of fluid coming out of them; this typically takes a few days, although it can be longer or shorter in some patients. The removal of the drains is generally quick and not painful.

Side effects that may occur after a breast reduction in Sydney

In the first 24 hours, it is normal to expect the following symptoms:-

•    Drowsiness
•    Dry throat
•    Nausea (possibly)
•    Mild discomfort and stiffness

Pain management after a breast reduction

The local anaesthetic helps with pain control for the first evening, but has usually worn off by the following morning. This is usually the time when patients feel the most soreness. Regularly taking paracetamol and anti inflammatories for the first few days after the operation is important in minimising your discomfort and need for stronger pain killers. Gently moving your shoulders and chest around will help the stiff and sore feeling in your chest.

You will wake up with a surgical or post operative bra on, and you should wear one at all times in the first six weeks after your breast reduction in Sydney. This prevents swelling and promotes healing.

Return to activity after your breast reduction in Sydney

You will be discharged home with a prescription for pain relief and antibiotics. You will need to take these medications for several days after your breast reduction in Sydney. If you are prone to feeling sick after operations, you will also be given a prescription for something to help with that.

A breast reduction is a surgical procedure, and you will need to plan for a little “down time” after your breast reduction in Sydney. Most people can return to an office job within a week. You will slowly be able to resume your other activities. Running and gym work on your chest needs to wait for six to eight weeks.

Your body will tell you (with pain) if you are trying too soon. When you feel pain, it’s important that you back off and wait a few days before trying that activity again, rather than “pushing through the pain.” Allowing time for your body to heal will result in the best outcome after your breast reduction in Sydney.

Follow up after your breast reduction in Sydney

You will be asked to see Dr Gavin Sandercoe for several follow up appointments to ensure that your body is healing well from the procedure. This also allows your Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney to treat any complications that occur. You will have appointments scheduled at one week, one month, three months (optional) and six months after your breast reduction in Sydney. Some procedures may require longer follow up. If there are any problems, we want to hear from you and sort it out as soon as possible!

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