Here at Transform, we are delighted to offer excellent aftercare to all of our patients as standard and we have outlined below the stages of recovery to help you plan for your breast reduction.
Immediately following the procedure
Following the procedure, you’ll need to stay in one of our Transform Hospitals for two nights where you will receive state of the art aftercare and assistance. Your breasts will be swollen and feel tender to start with and it is completely normal to feel discomfort during the first 24-48 hours into the breast reduction recovery process. There may also be some bruising at this stage but this will vary from individual to individual. We’ll provide pain relief to help with any discomfort you may experience but you should be up and around within 48 hours.
During the first two weeks you will notice reduced swelling, bruising, pain and discomfort and during this time you will also have your stiches removed. Before you leave the hospital, we’ll talk to you about looking after yourself at home and make a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to remove your stitches. We’ll also give you the number for our 24/7 patient helpline so you can speak to a member of our clinical team, day or night.
The recovery period will differ from person to person but your surgeon will have already talked to you about how much time to take off work and the need to wear a well-fitting, non-wired support bra to begin with. Everyone will need to take at least one week off work and in some cases two weeks may be necessary. You will need to wear a surgical bra for the first few days and this will be replaced with a sports bra which you should wear at all times during the recovery period.
Getting back to normal
You may be wondering when you can resume regular gym sessions. You’ll need to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for six weeks, by which time you should have fully recovered from your breast reduction surgery. Any heavy lifting should be avoided during this period as should lifting any objects overhead. A raise in blood pressure can cause bleeding and for this reason you should only consider partaking in any form of exercise after the six-week recovery period is complete.
This is when you’ll be able to see the full results of your reduction mammoplasty. Your scars may still be quite red but will fade significantly in the coming months.
Side Effects, Risks and Complications
As with any kind of surgery, your breast reduction procedure does carry the risk of rare complications. We’ll discuss each potential risk with you prior to the procedure and we’ve included all of the details in our Breast Reduction Patient Guide which you'll receive at your initial appointment with your Patient Care Co-ordinator. If you’ve any specific concerns, don’t hesitate to talk to your surgeon about them.