What is the recovery like?
Breast reduction surgery is well tolerated largely because the breasts lie completely outside of the body and superficial to the muscles. Most women describe a burning feeling in the skin incisions and generalized breast discomfort after surgery. Both are well controlled by oral pain medication.
A simple surgical bra that opens in the front is worn for one week. Regular bras with wires can be worn after that. Drains are removed at one week. Skin stitches dissolve and do not require removal.
Most activities that do not involve lifting and carrying heavy items can be resumed after one week, including return to work or school. Flying and driving are not recommended for two weeks. Mild cardiovascular exercise without impact such as a stationary bike can begin gradually at two weeks. More intense exercise can resume at six weeks but activities such as jogging, weightlifting, ball sports, yoga, pilates, skiing, and horseback riding should be delayed for two months.