Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure that typically takes between two and four hours to complete. You are required to have a driver present who can get you home and stay with you for the first night. You will experience bruising and swelling in the breast area. A compression garment will be wrapped around your breasts to aid in the healing process while reducing swelling and increasing blood circulation. Most women feel up to returning to work after seven to 10 days, but all strenuous exercises and activity should be limited for six weeks.
Scarring will result at the incision sites. You will have scarring around the dark part of the areola, a vertical scar between the areola and the breast crease, and a horizontal scar along the breast crease. All scarring will fade with time.
You will be given a cost estimate for your reduction during your consultation. The cost of your breast reduction will depend on the techniques used as well as factors like anesthesia costs, surgical fees, and facility fees. If you choose to combine your procedure with liposuction
or any other surgery, the additional procedure will be factored into the cost.
Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia to prevent any pain during the surgery. Afterward, you may experience discomfort and tenderness of the breasts. Oral pain medication is prescribed to alleviate any of this discomfort.