Breast Reduction: 4 After-Surgery Expectations for Every Patient
Many intending breast reduction patients have always asked what their after surgery expectations should be. All of them have always wanted to know what the recovery process will be like after the procedure.
Some unrealistic expectations which these intending patients are told cause them to fear. That fear freezes some of them into changing their minds about going for breast reduction surgeries. This article is intended to consider and clarify these concerns. This is so your opinion of what to expect after the procedure will be realistic.
Immediate and Early Days Expectations
It is normal that you feel sore, fatigued and groggy the moment your breast reduction surgery procedure is completed. This is because you are just waking up from general anesthetic. You need sufficient rest at this point. Discomfort and body pains are normal during the early days. You just need to continue resting ensuring that you do not sleep on your back but with your body propped up with 2 or 3 pillows. Pain mitigating drugs to lower intense discomfort must be taken as directed. You will be directed to wear surgical dressings or a surgical brazier during this period and you must adhere strictly to instructions for changing dressings.
It is of paramount importance that you avoid some particular activities as you heal. This is so you can prevent the occurrence of certain complications. Such activities to avoid comprise;
- Any demanding exercise.
- Bending at your waist.
- Alcoholic intake.
- All tobacco products.
- Lifting heavy objects.
- Sexual endeavors.
- Jogging or running.
First Week Expectations
You must see your surgeon for the first of many follow-ups by the end of the first week. The examinations are intended to forestall any complications and observe the progress of your healing. Swelling, bruising and soreness should have started a gradual decline by the end of the first week too. You must ensure that you continue to get proper rest and relaxation. This is to make certain that you heal properly. Depending on normal job requirements and healing progress, majority of patients are able to go back to work after about 1½ to 2 weeks.
First Month Expectations
All swellings that were significant should have disappeared and bruising should no longer be pronounced as the first month ends. Breast tingling and numbness are the only normal issues that should still be around at this time. In the months to come, they will more or less become minor side effects too. You should have seen your surgeon for several follow-up observations too at the end of the first month after your breast reduction surgery procedure. The visits are meant to help your surgeon in determining whether you can start engaging in selected activities again. You are not supposed to rush anything. You are supposed to allow your body to heal and attain complete wellness at its own natural pace.
Recovery /Expectations Going Forward
You should be able to go back to your usual duties and the remaining minor surgical swellings should have all disappeared in the months that follow. The normal issues of tingling and numbness should have also become a thing of the past. The scars from the breast reduction surgery will normally begin disappearing around this time. They will continue to disappear as the years go by. There are many options of bathing suits and undergarments that were specifically made to hide scars from surgeries. Moreover, a lot of people heal so much with time that their scars become quite unnoticeable.
These are the main post-procedure expectations for every breast reduction surgery patient. It takes some time – normally a couple of months – for your scars and breast tissue to heal completely. Once they are healed, you will discover that your breast reduction surgery procedure has given you the firmer, smaller and more aesthetically attractive breasts you have always desired.