Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery

Carefree model wearing pure pink lingerie with big breastsBreast reduction surgery is a safe and highly effective way to remove volume and mass from overdeveloped breasts. This can help reduce the appearance of gynecomastia in men and help create a more proportionate look in women. This permanent change can provide a significant boost to your self-confidence and appearance.

After an initial consultation that will cover all of your aesthetic goals and the results you hope to receive from the surgery, you will be scheduled for a procedure conducted in an outpatient setting and completed in a few hours. The procedure will be performed with you under general anesthesia. Most patients can go home on the same day.

During the first 24 hours to a few days, once you are at home, the full effects of the anesthesia will continue to wear off. This is when most patients report the most discomfort and pain during the recovery. However, the pain rarely exceeds what can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief or anti-inflammatory medication.

At around the 1-week to the 10-day mark, you will return to the office for a post-operative check and have your stitches removed. This is when bruising and swelling will be most apparent. However, this will subside as you continue to heal.

Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, you may continue to feel sore and increase sensitivity or a pulling feeling in your chest. This is normal as your body adjusts to the new size of your breasts. There may be slight changes to the shape and evenness between your breasts, but this is temporary and will go away within a few months.

If you believe breast reduction surgery provides you with aesthetic or medical benefits, contact the surgical team at the UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center to learn more about the procedure and about what can be expected during recovery. Call the office at 508-334-5990 or visit to schedule an appointment.

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