Question: What Happens After Breast Reduction?

After breast reduction surgery, you should expect to feel tired and to have breast pain.

Your surgeon will give you an oral painkiller to ease you through the first few days after surgery.

You should also avoid heavy lifting.

Some people have an emotional reaction, such as feeling depressed, after the surgery.

What can I expect after a breast reduction?

Swelling, soreness, and tingling are typical after breast reduction, so your new smaller breasts may appear a little larger than you had expected while initial swelling is present. Additionally, the breasts often heal at a different rate, so you may notice some asymmetry during the first few months of your recovery.

How much pain is there after a breast reduction?

After surgery, you will probably feel weak. You may feel sore for 2 to 3 weeks. You also may feel pulling or stretching in your breast area. Although you may need pain medicine for a week or two, you can expect to feel better and stronger each day.

Do breasts grow back after reduction?

Your breasts can still change in size and shape after surgery. They should not regrow, unless the operation is done at an age when your breasts are still growing, but they can increase in size if you put on weight or become pregnant. They can also decrease in size if you lose weight.

How many cup sizes can you go down with breast reduction?

Most breast reduction patients go down one to two cup sizes, Dr. Bernard says.