Post-operative : Breast Reduction

When you get home

 You can expect to have some pain in the breasts. You may feel like it is difficult to take a deep breath.

To help you rest comfortably, follow these instructions:

  1. Take extra-strength tylenol every 4 hours
  2. Take an anti-nausea medication such as Gravol 30 minutes before taking your prescribed pain medication
  3. Take your pain medication as prescribed
  4. Take your antibiotics as prescribed
  5. Try and rest in a semi-sitting position until bedtime
  6. Avoid using your arms for anything strenuous
  7. Keep your surgical bra in place
  8. Apply ice to your upper breast area (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off)

Contact your local emergency immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Pain that is not controlled by the pain medication
  • One breast unusually large, painful and bruised
  • A fever of greater than 38.5
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Hallucinations or incoherent behavior
  • Pain or swelling of one calf
  • Excessive bleeding through your dressing

The first day following surgery

  • Your pain will start to dissipate after 48 hours
  • Avoid staying in bed all day, rest in a semi-sitting position
  • Avoid strenuous activities with your arms

Follow up and healing time

  • Your breasts will not be fully healed for 4-8 weeks
  • Exercise is not permitted until 4 weeks after surgery to prevent displacement of the implant
  • You should be resting for at least 1 week after surgery and gradually regain daily activities after that with the exception of strenuous upper body activities or exercise
  • You will have an apt to see Gdalevitch 1-2 weeks after surgery, then at 1 month and at 2 months.