What to Expect After Breast Reduction

August 30, 2023

Large breasts can be frustrating in many ways. They can cause pain in your neck, back, and shoulders. They can also make you uncomfortable or self-conscious. Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty reduces overly large breasts. This procedure can have dramatic effects on your overall well-being. 

What is Breast Reduction?

Reduction mammaplasty is a procedure to address large breasts and the problems they cause. This procedure removes excess breast tissue and fat to reduce your breast volume. It may also remove loose skin if needed to achieve a pleasing appearance. Breast reduction can have a tremendous impact on people’s lives. 

What to Expect After Breast Reduction

Your breast reduction recovery will depend on the details of your surgery and your body’s natural healing process. Most people can return to work within a week, although you will still have some swelling. Limit your activities for at least two weeks. You can usually resume a light exercise routine after about three weeks. 

Your breasts will have residual swelling for several weeks to months after your reduction mammaplasty. Your full results can take up to six months to become visible. Most people love their results immediately due to removing excess weight from the chest. You may experience a rapid decrease in back, neck, and shoulder pain. 

What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction has numerous benefits besides pain relief, including:

  • Engage in physical activities without discomfort
  • Fit comfortably into your clothes
  • Stop feeling like people are noticing your breasts
  • Relieve skin problems under the breasts
  • Boost confidence and self-esteem

When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, breast reduction provides significant improvements in breast aesthetics. It also reduces the many types of discomfort that large breasts can cause. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Good candidates for breast reduction are healthy and bothered by large breasts. Ideal candidates have reasonable expectations and can take the necessary time to recover. You may not be a good candidate for breast reduction if you are pregnant or have certain medical conditions. 

Take the Next Step

If you want to learn more about breast reduction, reach out today to schedule your consultation or call us today at (212) 249-9955