Breast Reduction Recovery: What to Expect

Last Updated on July 31, 2023 by Janie Wilson

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce the size of the breasts by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. This procedure is typically recommended for women who experience physical discomfort or emotional distress due to the size of their breasts. 

While breast reduction surgery can be life-changing for many women, it is important to understand the recovery process to ensure a safe and successful outcome.

Preparing for Breast Reduction Surgery

Before undergoing breast reduction surgery, your surgeon will provide you with a list of pre-operative instructions to follow. These instructions may include avoiding certain medications, quitting smoking, and adjusting your diet to promote healing. 

It is important to follow these instructions carefully to minimize the risk of complications and ensure a smooth recovery.

Immediate Post-Op Recovery

After the surgery, you will be taken to a breast reduction recovery room where you will be closely monitored by medical staff. You may experience pain, swelling, bruising, and discomfort during the first few days after surgery. 

Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication and recommend applying ice packs to the breasts to reduce swelling. You will also be instructed to wear a compression garment to support the breasts and promote healing.

First Few Weeks of Recovery

During the first few weeks of recovery, it is important to rest and avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting. You may also need to take time off work to ensure proper healing. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and remove any stitches or drains that were used during the procedure.

Long-Term Recovery

While you may start to feel better after a few weeks, it is important to understand that the full recovery process can take several months. You may experience residual pain, swelling, and discomfort for up to six months after surgery. 

Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions for caring for your incisions and breasts, such as avoiding sun exposure and wearing a supportive bra.


Breast reduction surgery can be a life-changing procedure for many women, but it is important to understand the recovery process to ensure a safe and successful outcome. 

By following your surgeon’s instructions and allowing yourself plenty of time to rest and heal, you can enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of smaller, more comfortable breasts.

Janie Wilson
Janie Wilson

Janie Wilson, a former fashion model and photographer, dedicated beauty expert and prolific writer on all topics related to fashion, beauty, hair and skin care. I started this website a few years ago when I felt that I have had enough of a hectic lifestyle and need to settle down. Presently, I live with my loving-and-caring husband in New York, but I travel around the world pretty often to derive inspiration for my fashion blog. Yes, let me admit that I am fairly obsessed with anything related to fashion and style. All things from fashion to grooming are things I study all the time whenever I get an opportunity, and my biggest joy in life is to help men and women look their best!