Recovery & Results
Breast reduction with Scottsdale and Phoenix area plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Cohen helps women with overly large, heavy breasts feel more comfortable and confident. While it is exciting to anticipate your results, it is also very important to plan for your recovery. Dr. Cohen is very thorough in his consultations, and always tries to set realistic expectations for recovery and results. He feels that helping his patients to be fully informed and prepared has helped him earn the respect and trust of both patients and fellow medical professionals.
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Your Recovery & Results from Dr. Cohen
Although my patients who undergo breast reduction surgery tend to have a generally smooth recovery, I try not to underplay the serious nature of this surgery. Breast reduction is a complex procedure that requires preparation on the part of both the surgeon and the patient in order to fully achieve the desired outcome. I take my time to meticulously perform each breast reduction surgery using innovative techniques customized to each woman's needs, and perform the appropriate preoperative workup and postoperative care to ensure the highest level of safety and results. The patient's obligation is to take good care of herself, both before and after surgery, and dedicate the time and attention needed for a complete, healthy recovery. Following my postoperative instructions carefully is also very important to ensure the best possible surgical result.
You will need someone to drive you home from your surgery and care for you for the first 24 hours after your breast reduction. This person will help you to get up and around - at least 3 to 5 times – to help reduce the risk of blood clots forming in your legs. Your caretaker also can help you to regulate your prescription pain medication, which you will probably need for the first few days.
I will see you in my office on the day after surgery to check on your progress and answer any questions. Most patients are anxious to know when they can shower and when their steri-strips will come off. Typically, you can shower 48 hours after your surgery. The steri-strips usually must stay on for about a week. It is very important that you avoid bathing or swimming for at least 4 to 6 weeks, however, as the incisions need to be fully closed to avoid complications.
You will need to wear a surgical bra – similar to a supportive sports bra – for about a week to help with comfort and healing. After a week, you may switch to another type of soft, comfortable bra, but no underwire styles. I advise my breast reduction patients to avoid underwire bras for 4 to 6 months in order to allow the blood supply and nerves in the area to become re-established without interference.
You will probably feel great early in your recovery because your large, pendulous breasts have been lifted and reduced, improving many of your former physical symptoms. However, it is still important that you follow your postoperative instructions and take adequate time to heal. For women with light, office-type occupations, breast reduction surgery requires at least a week off from work to rest and allow your body to recuperate. If your job is more physically demanding, you may need to take more time off. You may not lift anything heavier than about 1-2 pounds for at least 2 weeks, and after that, you may progress gradually to heavier items. You will need to be very careful not to strain your tissues or disrupt your stitches. Typically, you can resume light exercise after 4 weeks, and after 6 weeks you can ease into unrestricted exercise. Breast reduction patients are often very excited about the prospect of jogging, cycling, or doing aerobics – activities which their formerly large breasts prevented them from doing.
Over the course of several months, your scars should fade from their initial pink to white, gradually becoming much less conspicuous. IIf you are prone to raised scars or are particularly concerned about scarring, we can discuss several options for improved scar outcome.
You will receive detailed postoperative instructions at your last preoperative appointment, and my staff and I will go through them with you thoroughly and answer all of your questions. Following these instructions is your best insurance for a safe, healthy recovery and beautiful results. My staff and I are never more than a phone call away should you have any questions or concerns.
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