After breast reduction surgery, it is important for you to have someone available to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours, as you will be weak and drowsy. After the operation, you may need help the first few times that you get out of bed. It’s vital to get out of bed early and often after your surgery (with assistance) to prevent postoperative issues. Activity will reduce the risk of blood clots in your leg veins. Please take deep breaths frequently to keep your lungs clear (15-20 per hour). You should elevate your head and shoulders about 30 degrees (two pillows) and keep your knees slightly flexed.
We recommend a light diet after the surgery. You should start by drinking liquids slowly and then progress to soups or Jell-O. The following day you can go back to your normal diet.
Medication & Antibiotics: Please take the pain medication only if you have pain. Take it with crackers, Jell-O, etc. You should only need it the first 2-3 days after surgery or as prescribed. Take the antibiotics as directed until they are completed. It’s vital that you take antibiotics to prevent infection.
No Smoking: DO NOT SMOKE after your breast reduction surgery. This is very important as smoking causes vasoconstriction and impedes healing.
For the first 72 hours keep your arm movements to a minimum. Your arms should not be used to support your body or lift anything heavy. Do not push with your arms to lift yourself in bed. Keep your arms as close to your body as possible.
Frequently small drains are used to draw off any accumulating fluid after breast reduction surgery. The bulb should be collapsed at all times. The fluid will need to be removed from the bulb every 3 hours. Please keep a record of what time and how much fluid is emptied from the bulb. Bring this record with you to the office appointment. Usually drains are removed 24 hours after surgery. The drains will not be removed if you have drained more than 30 ccs within a 24-hour period.
Dressing: Your initial dressing will be a padded breast dressing which will stay in place for one week. Please sponge bathe while the breast dressing is in place. You will change to a sports bra one week postoperatively. You should avoid an underwire bra for 4-6 weeks.
*Do not submerge yourself in a bath, swimming pool, whirlpool, or ocean for 2 weeks.
Begin massage of the incision scars two weeks after the surgery. They can be massaged with vitamin E, aloe vera, or moisturizing cream. You may also purchase a cream to help minimize scarring, please ask our nurse if you are interested.
*Call our office if you have any questions, if any problems should arise, or if you have been having any signs or symptoms of infection (redness, fever, drainage).