When planning for your surgical breast procedure, recovery time is one of the most important factors. Your individual recovery process and the activities allowed or discouraged during your healing process may determine when you can return to work and other day-to-day activities. Aspects of your recovery will be invariable, though, with the correct information, you may be able to assist in the success of your recovery journey by doing or not doing certain things.
What is a Breast Reduction?
A Breast Reduction procedure is conducted to reduce the overall size of the breasts. During this process, the shape of the breasts can also be altered, to suit the size of the breasts and the surrounding features.
Mr Morris Ritz will begin the process with an initial consultation, where he can assess your individual situation and provide advice. A Breast Reduction is an ideal procedure for those women who are victim to the following:
- Back and neck pain
- Irritation under the breasts
- Chronic headache
- Low self-esteem
- Bra strap indentation
- Inability to play sports
- Trouble sleeping
- Breasts that look uneven or are drooping substantially due to their size
During your Breast Reduction procedure, Mr Morris Ritz will remove excess fatty tissue from the breasts along with any excess skin and reposition the smaller breast in a more desirable location. During this process, the nipple may also be repositioned, to maintain symmetry and balance, and when everything is complete, Mr Ritz will secure the breasts in their new position by closing any wounds and dressing them appropriately.
This is the point where your recovery journey begins. From the moment the surgery finishes, to the moment you can return to all activities without restriction.
What does my recovery timeline look like?
It is important to note that every Breast Reduction procedure is different to the one before. Therefore no two recovery timelines are exactly the same. However, certain aspects of your recovery will be similar to other Breast Reduction procedures. Therefore we can break it down and give you a rough timeline of what to expect and when.
Your hospital stay
You will be required to remain in hospital for 2-3 days post-procedure. This will allow correct monitoring of your progress, as well as successful drainage of the wounds. Drainage tubes will stay in for 2-3 days, and once removed you are permitted to return home. On your way home, you will be required to pop past our clinic, where you will be fitted with a supportive bra which will aid in your successful healing process. This bra will need to be worn for six weeks both day and night.
Initial weeks at home
Your initial recovery period at home lasts approximately two weeks. During this time we advise you to rest, relax and to avoid anything that puts your body under stress or tension. Driving during this period is prohibited, and your physical activity limited. Before your procedure takes place, we recommend preparing your home for this initial recovery period. A good selection of books or movies, a healthy amount of food and everything within arms reach. Organising your transportation home from hospital is wise, as well as someone to drive you to your weekly follow-up appointments.
During this period, you will notice some bruising and swelling. This is entirely normal and will dissipate as time continues. It is vital that all post-op guidelines given by Mr Morris Ritz be followed correctly, to ensure that no complications arise.
After this two week period, most patients are permitted to return to work, depending on their role. Limited activity is advised, with the avoidance of vigorous physical activity still recommended.
The few months following the procedure
As time goes by, contact with the breasts should be gentle until completely healed. The entire recovery journey should last approximately six weeks, with patients seeing weekly improvements in look, feel and comfort levels.
During this time, as well as the initial healing period, Mr Morris Ritz will prescribe all necessary pain relief medication. It is always wise to screen potential medication purchases with Mr Ritz prior to purchase, to avoid complication. Certain NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can thin the blood and cause excessive bleeding therefore checking before taking any medication or applying any topical medication is advised.
Mr Morris Ritz aims to have you feeling and looking better in as little time as possible, whilst ensuring that your recovery is as comfortable as can be. If you notice anything irregular or abnormal during your recovery, that Mr Ritz has not identified as normal, we encourage you to call the clinic.
Swelling is considered very normal, though can take a while to subside. Cold packs, and sleeping in an elevated position may assist in the elimination. However, this can sometimes take months. Every single procedure is unique and tailor-made. Therefore each and every recovery journey is too.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Mr Morris Ritz and begin your Breast Reduction process, contact the Melbourne Breast Surgery today, on (03) 9508 9503. Our team is happy to organise your initial consultation, or simply assist in answering any questions that you may have.