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

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Immediate swelling 3 week. Full recovery can take up to 3 months.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Ranges

Most swelling resolves in 4-6 weeks, but milder swelling can last up to 6 months.

In brief: Ranges

Most swelling resolves in 4-6 weeks, but milder swelling can last up to 6 months.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varies

Arnica homeopathic 30c or 200c three times a day for 3-5 days can help reduce swelling and bruising.
Acupuncture can help a lot with reducing swelling and speeding healing. So it all depends on the person, modalities used, extent of surgery, etc.

In brief: Varies

Arnica homeopathic 30c or 200c three times a day for 3-5 days can help reduce swelling and bruising.
Acupuncture can help a lot with reducing swelling and speeding healing. So it all depends on the person, modalities used, extent of surgery, etc.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Swelling & sag

Generally speaking it generally takes close to 6-9ontha following any breast surgery for resolution of swelling and settling of the breasts, however about 85% o the results are obtained by 3 months.

In brief: Swelling & sag

Generally speaking it generally takes close to 6-9ontha following any breast surgery for resolution of swelling and settling of the breasts, however about 85% o the results are obtained by 3 months.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Timothy King
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Days

The majority of the initial swelling will diminish over the course of a few days.
However, you will still have some residual swelling that could take several weeks to go away completely. If you are having increased swelling or long term residual swelling, then i recommend going to see your board certified plastic surgeon for a post-op exam.

In brief: Days

The majority of the initial swelling will diminish over the course of a few days.
However, you will still have some residual swelling that could take several weeks to go away completely. If you are having increased swelling or long term residual swelling, then i recommend going to see your board certified plastic surgeon for a post-op exam.
Dr. Timothy King
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