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A 38-year-old member asked:

How painful is breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Breast Reduction: I have done over 300 breast reductions with all but two of those patients winding up happy they had the surgery. Most find the discomfort transient, quite tolerable and well worth it to relieve them of the symptoms they originally sought treatment for.
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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Not bad: While this is a big operation, it involves skin, fat, and breast tissue only. You will be given pain medicine to take postoperatively and this should handle any discomfort you have. Most patients describe the pain as feeling like you have done too many pushups: soreness of the chest muscles.
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Well Tolerated: Generally, breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. It is also relatively well tolerated with most patients requiring pain medications for the first 5 to 7 days.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

How painful is a breast reduction procedure?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Not very painful: Most of the breast reduction patients I have treated describe chest wall soreness postop, kind of like having done too many pushups. The pain from this procedure should be easily controllable with medications such as vicodin and should only last for 3-7 days.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Reducing/reshaping: Breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. During this operation, “excess” breast tissue and skin is removed. The breasts themselves are lifted on the chest wall. This operation tends to help patients with neck, back, shoulder discomfort and may help patients with posture as well. Best wishes.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have some questions about breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 41 years experience
Plastic surgeon: See a plastic surgeon. They can assess the options. Some insurance actually covers it if it is determined to be medically necessary due to back pain, etc.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How old do you have to be for breast reduction surgery ?

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Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Debatable: The breasts develop completely by the late teens to the early twenties. After that age is probably the best.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What should I do after breast reduction surgery?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Ask you Surgeon: Every surgeon has his/her own way of advising their patients. I suggest you contact your surgeon. Generally speaking, most patient should refrain from vigorous activity for 4-6 weeks following surgery and wear a support bra.
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