Breast reduction patients heal at different rates, but most need to take between one and two weeks off of work for the initial healing period. Sutures are removed after the initial healing period.
Immediately after the surgery, dressings are applied to the incision site and patients are required to wear a compression bra for as long as their surgeon advises to help aid in healing and reduce swelling. Swelling subsides over the weeks and months after surgery, and prescribed pain medication can help keep discomfort under control during this time.
Exercise, bending, and lifting anything more than small or light objects must be avoided for at least a few weeks following surgery. Once the incisions have healed, patients can gradually resume normal activities, as allowed by surgeon instructions.