,

Navigating Post-Procedure Pain: What to Expect After Your Breast Reduction

One of the most frequent inquiries during initial consultations is about the level of pain post-surgery and during the recovery phase. Let’s address this concern.

One of the most frequent inquiries during initial consultations is about the level of pain post-surgery and during the recovery phase. Let’s address this concern.

How Intense Will the Pain Be After My Breast Reduction?

Most patients find relief with over-the-counter medications like Paracetamol and Ibuprofen during the initial two weeks post-surgery. Occasionally, some might require slightly stronger pain relief, especially during nighttime hours, to ensure a comfortable sleep.

An essential aspect of post-operative care is wearing a compression bra. This garment aids in reducing swelling. Remember, uncontrolled swelling can lead to increased discomfort. Hence, I recommend wearing the compression garment continuously for the first six weeks post-surgery, barring moments like showering.

Can I Raise My Arms Post-Surgery?

A common question I encounter is about arm mobility post-procedure. It’s crucial to maintain some level of movement. Yes, you can and should raise your arms. If you avoid doing so, you risk developing a stiff shoulder joint. Simple activities like wearing a T-shirt or cleaning yourself during a shower might be slightly uncomfortable initially, but regular movement will ease this over time.  It is important that you do not try to push or pull anything heavy with your arms for 4-6 weeks, as this can cause pain, discomfort, and potentially rupture sutures internally.

What About Exercise After the Procedure?

Post-surgery, it’s beneficial to engage in light activities. I often suggest patients take short walks around their neighbourhood. This not only aids in recovery but also changes up your routine and gets you out of the house. As long as the activities aren’t strenuous, a walk or even driving becomes feasible towards the end of the first week or by the two-week mark. By this time, most patients find their pain well-managed, allowing them to gradually return to their regular routines.

Overall, while some discomfort is natural after a breast reduction, with the right care and precautions, the recovery journey can be smooth and manageable.