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A 42-year-old member asked:

what should i do after breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 44 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.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Follow instructions.: Your plastic surgeon will have a detailed set of instructions for you to follow after breast reduction surgery. These instructions will vary from one practice to another. General instructions will include a period of rest, ambulation, avoidance of nicotine products, avoidance of strenuous exercise/lifting and close follow-up after the procedure. Best wishes.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Take it easy: 1. Follow your surgeon's directions. 2. Don't smoke. 3. Report any problems related to your incisions to your surgeon. 4. Don't do any upper body exercises until given the ok by your surgeon.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is breast reduction surgery exactly?

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Dr. Alan Chen
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Smaller breast surg: The aim of breast reduction surgery is to make the breasts smaller.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Why would you receive breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Alan Chen
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Pain: Most patients undergo breast reduction surgery for having very large breasts that cause severe neck, shoulder and back pain.
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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Do breast surgery or reduction kill ?

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Very very low odds: It's possible to have a rare complication - like a major anesthesia mishap, a drug reaction, a pulmonary embolism that could be lethal after any kind of surgery. But in well-trained hands, in an accredited facility, the odds of death from a breast reduction would be very small indeed.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is breast reduction surgery like?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
A trade off...: Of smaller breasts that cause less neck and back pain for scars on the breasts. Usually outpatient surgery with general anesthesia. Most breast reduction patients say that the pain is like that from doing too many pushups: soreness in the chest muscles. It should easily be controlled with the medication given to you by your surgeon. Most patients return to regular activities in 10-14 days.

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