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How long does it take to heal after breast reduction surgery?

How long does it take to heal after breast reduction surgery?

A few weeks: Healing after breast reduction surgery is the same as all other operations. It takes about two weeks to see the scars completely healed however i like my patients to wait six weeks before they resume activity. It is bad to put too much tension on the healing incisions and will hinder proper wound healing. ...Read more

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Breast Reduction Surgery (Definition)

Reducing breast tissue mass and elevating the breasts on the chest wall tend to improve or alleviate many of the symptoms associated with disproportionately large breasts. It tends to be one of the most patient pleasing ...Read more

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How long does it take for the swelling to go down after breast reduction surgery?

How long does it take for the swelling to go down after breast reduction surgery?

Variable - Days: Depends on type of reduction, placement of incisions, size/volume of reduction needed, individual wound healing and general health. Usual swelling and bruising about 1 week, with mild-moderate swelling for another 1-2 weeks. Swelling reduced with use of thrombin activated platelet concentrates during surgery. Follow specific instructions of your surgeon to reduce swelling, bruising and healing. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Check yourself after your period
Monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
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Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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How long after breast reduction surgery will I know my new size?

Fairly soon: You should know your size relatively soon after surgery ... About 2 weeks. However, your ultimate shape may take longer to see. Especially if your surgeon performs a vertical scar only reduction, which is my preference, your final shape will take 2 to 3 months to see ... But your results in my opinion will be better. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Seek immediate evaluation by your physician
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Have diagnostic mammography, ultrasound or MRI if recommended
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Remember most breast lumps are benign
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How long is recovery time after breast reduction surgery?

How long is recovery time after breast reduction surgery?

It depends on activi: Most people can be up and about the day after the surgery. Off pain meds in a week and able to play tennis in 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long willnumbness last after breast reduction surgery?

How long willnumbness last after breast reduction surgery?

Months: Numbness post surgery is very common. Depending on the amount of tissue removed during your breast reduction, numbness may last up to 6 months. Some areas of numbness will never recover normal sensation. Approximately 15% of women post reduction mammoplasty have decreased nipple sensitivity that will remain permanent. Discuss with your breast surgeon. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Perform monthly self breast exams.
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See your doctor immediately if breast lump found.
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Yearly breast exams after age 40 by your doctor.
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Yearly mammograms after age 40.
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How long will numbness last after breast reduction surgery?

Variably: Numbness is normal over the breast after surgery and gradually improves over time, typically months. Nipple numbness is rare afterwards but can be permanent. ...Read more

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