Tips For A Successful Recovery After Breast Reduction Plastic Surgery

Posted on: 23 July 2019

Breast reduction surgeries are performed every day all across America. Breast reduction is a low-risk plastic surgery procedure with the ability to greatly improve a woman's quality of life and appearance.

If you are tired of living with gigantomastia (large breasts) and the shoulder pain that invariably comes with the condition, then a breast reduction is a fantastic solution.

Thanks to advancements in the cosmetic surgery field, this type of surgery is now performed in a plastic surgery center rather than in a traditional hospital setting. This is more convenient and much less expensive.

If you have concerns about the recovery period after a breast reduction, then these tips will help you feel more empowered:

Tip: Pre-Plan to Allow Your Body the Time and Rest It Needs to Heal

Though breast reduction surgery, officially known as "reduction mammoplasty", is an invasive surgical procedure, the recovery period is much shorter than many other plastic surgery procedures.

However, it is vital you allow for at least a couple of weeks at home where you can rest without any physical chore responsibilities. By giving yourself plenty of time to heal after surgery, your recovery will be both faster and less painful.

Some modifications you should make include:

  • arranging for someone to care for your children
  • arranging for someone to care for your pets
  • cleaning your house and doing your laundry in the days just prior to surgery
  • stocking up on ready-to-eat and microwavable foods

In addition, buy yourself some movies or books to keep you resting and entertained so you won't get bored and do too much too quickly.

Tip: Buy a Couple Bags of Frozen Peas

One of the best things you can use for post-surgical pain and inflammation relief is ice. However, hard ice packs or ice cubes can be painful when you place them against your surgical scars. 

Strangely enough, the best thing you can use to get cooling ice gently where you need it is to use a bag of frozen peas. The small size of the peas allows you to contour the ice pack to your body.

To use the peas for pain, simply drop the bag onto the counter a few times to break up the clumps, wrap it up in a kitchen towel, and then apply it to the sore area. When you are done, pop the bag back in the freezer.

Finally, since you may want to use ice again before the peas have time to refreeze, you should stock up on a couple of bags.