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Dr. Francisco Agullo
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How long does it take to heal after breast reduction surgery?

Dr. Francisco Agullo
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How long does it take to heal after breast reduction surgery?

Ranges: Most people return to normal activity in 2 weeks, but actual healing (swelling, scarring, return of sensation) takes up to 6 months. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Robert Alexander
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How long does it take for the swelling to go down after breast reduction surgery?

Dr. Robert Alexander
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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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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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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How long after male breast reduction surgery can I start running again? I run marathons regularly, so i try not to take too much time off my usual running schedule. How long do I have to wait after male breast reduction surgery before i can run? .

Dr. Tom Pousti
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How long after male breast reduction surgery can I start running again? I run marathons regularly, so i try not to take too much time off my usual running schedule. How long do I have to wait after male breast reduction surgery before i can run?

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Ask Surgeon.: Long-term you be able to return to all forms of exercises/activities after gynecomastia surgery. Your plastic surgeon will guide you when it comes to specific and timing. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. James White
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How long willnumbness last after breast reduction surgery?

Dr. James White
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
26 years in practice
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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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Dr. Frederick Coville
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How long after breast reduction surgery will I know my new size?

Dr. Frederick Coville
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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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Dr. Scott Tucker
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How long is recovery time after breast reduction surgery?

Dr. Scott Tucker
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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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Dr. Alex Lechtman
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How long will numbness last after breast reduction surgery?

Dr. Alex Lechtman
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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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Dr. Scott Tucker
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I'm curious as to how long is the total healing time after breast reduction surgery?

Dr. Scott Tucker
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I'm curious as to how long is the total healing time after breast reduction surgery?

It is staged : Many people spend one night in the hospital after surgery. They usually feel pretty good in a couple of days. Drains if your doctor uses them come out in 5to7 days. Many people are back to work in a week or two. Full physical activity is usually in about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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How long should you wait to conceive after breast reduction surgery?

Dr. Otto Placik
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How long should you wait to conceive after breast reduction surgery?

Wait for breast redu: If you have not had the breast reduction and are currently considering pregnancy, my advice would be to defer the surgery until completion of child bearing which may have unpredictable effects on your breast. If you are having the breast reduction irregardless. I would wait a minimum of 9 months but I have to admit that is arbitrary and just my personal experience/advice. ...Read more

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Dr. Tom Pousti
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How long should you wait to conceive after breast reduction surgery ?

Dr. Tom Pousti
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How long should you wait to conceive after breast reduction surgery ?

Soon...: Assuming that all the medications used around the time of surgery have been cleared, there is no specific time period to wait. Keep in mind, that the breasts may change during and after pregnancy; generally, if at all possible best to wait on having breast surgery until you have completed pregnancies. ...Read more

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