What is the recovery time for breast reduction surgery?

Answer:

A breast reduction is often performed as an outpatient. This procedure takes about 2-4 hours to complete.  Patients often go home wearing  light dressings that are covered by a surgical bra.  Many surgeons place drains during the procedure which are commonly removed within a week or so after surgery depending upon the amount of drainage.   Most patients will be able to go back to light duty within 5-7 days after the procedure, provided that they are healing well and have had no complications.  Many patients will be able to go back to light aerobic activity within about 3-4 weeks.  Heavy lifting and strenuous workouts can be started about 6-8 weeks after surgery if all goes well.  It is always best to check with your surgeon as you are healing to see when it is right for you.

Back to Questions

SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST NEWS & SPECIALS

View all specials sign up