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What is the recovery timeline for breast reduction?
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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: About a week
Breast reduction is done to relieve the symptoms caused by heavy breasts such as neck and back pain.
There is usually not a significant amount of discomfor from the surgery and recovery is failry quick. Everyone heals at a diferent rate however so discuss with your plastic surgeon.

In brief: About a week
Breast reduction is done to relieve the symptoms caused by heavy breasts such as neck and back pain.
There is usually not a significant amount of discomfor from the surgery and recovery is failry quick. Everyone heals at a diferent rate however so discuss with your plastic surgeon.
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
You should expect to be mostly recovered after two weeks, and back to all activities at four to six weeks from the date of your surgery.
Dr. Azita Madjidi
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: 4 to 6 weeks
To be back to your normal daily activities, it is usually four weeks.
Back to exercising, six.

In brief: 4 to 6 weeks
To be back to your normal daily activities, it is usually four weeks.
Back to exercising, six.
Dr. Azita Madjidi
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
But I have seen fast recovery at 2 weeks....
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: 1 to 2 weeks
Patients should plan to take off 1 or 2 weeks off work (depending on surgical specifics).
Exercise can usually resume after 4 weeks, but you will receive specific instructions following your surgery. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and your recovery details.

In brief: 1 to 2 weeks
Patients should plan to take off 1 or 2 weeks off work (depending on surgical specifics).
Exercise can usually resume after 4 weeks, but you will receive specific instructions following your surgery. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and your recovery details.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery
In brief: Recovery-BR
Discomfort, swelling and discoloration of the breasts are expected for several weeks.
Usually, our patients return to most normal activity within two weeks. The scars at the incision lines typically become reddish, raised and firm a few weeks after surgery, but during the first several months they become pale and soft.

In brief: Recovery-BR
Discomfort, swelling and discoloration of the breasts are expected for several weeks.
Usually, our patients return to most normal activity within two weeks. The scars at the incision lines typically become reddish, raised and firm a few weeks after surgery, but during the first several months they become pale and soft.
Dr. Larry Nichter
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Not long
Breast reduction is not really painful and most patients return to work in ~7 days.

In brief: Not long
Breast reduction is not really painful and most patients return to work in ~7 days.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Time 2 weeks
In general the recovery to return to work is 2 weeks, to exercises 3 weeks.
But you must understand each surgeon has their own specific post operative instructions.

In brief: Time 2 weeks
In general the recovery to return to work is 2 weeks, to exercises 3 weeks.
But you must understand each surgeon has their own specific post operative instructions.
Dr. Darryl Blinski
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Dr. Mario Diana
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Depends on kind
Various techniques involve different incision patterns and overall impact on the tissue.
A few days of recovery and approximately one month of lifting restrictions is fairly common.

In brief: Depends on kind
Various techniques involve different incision patterns and overall impact on the tissue.
A few days of recovery and approximately one month of lifting restrictions is fairly common.
Dr. Mario Diana
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