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What's recovery time after breast reduction?

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Dr. David Levens
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: 1-2 weeks

Breast reduction is generally a very well tolerated and satisfying procedure.
Mild discomfort is typical only for the first few days. Initial recovery is 1-2 weeks. Most women are able to return to sedentary work within 2 weeks. Vigorous physical activity can resume by 4 weeks.

In brief: 1-2 weeks

Breast reduction is generally a very well tolerated and satisfying procedure.
Mild discomfort is typical only for the first few days. Initial recovery is 1-2 weeks. Most women are able to return to sedentary work within 2 weeks. Vigorous physical activity can resume by 4 weeks.
Dr. David Levens
Dr. David Levens
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Dr. Suman Das
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: 4-6 weeks

You sjould be able to do most of your daily routine works by 4 weeks.
For heavy exercise and weight lifting , i would suggest 6 weeks.If your job involves just sitting on a chair in office setting with minimum physical activity, you may consider to go back to work after 3 weeks.But be guided by your operating surgeonwho knows more about your health.

In brief: 4-6 weeks

You sjould be able to do most of your daily routine works by 4 weeks.
For heavy exercise and weight lifting , i would suggest 6 weeks.If your job involves just sitting on a chair in office setting with minimum physical activity, you may consider to go back to work after 3 weeks.But be guided by your operating surgeonwho knows more about your health.
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: A few weeks

Most of patients are pleasantly surprised that this is not a painful surgery, even for a large reduction.
There may be a little swelling and bruising. Most patients feel pretty good after one week, but should take it easy in terms of lifting and physical activity for the first month.

In brief: A few weeks

Most of patients are pleasantly surprised that this is not a painful surgery, even for a large reduction.
There may be a little swelling and bruising. Most patients feel pretty good after one week, but should take it easy in terms of lifting and physical activity for the first month.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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