So what is the recovery like for a breast reduction. In general it’s very similar to breast lift. Patients usually go home the same day of surgery,have a small drain placed through the lateral most component of the breast reduction or through the underside of the breast if that is done through a lollipop incision. The drain’s usually be removed in about a week most patients do not have a lot of discomfort. Most describe it in general using usually in a scale of zero to ten about in a 3 or 4 in terms of severity. That’s the most common number of patients that gives me in terms of their discomfort. They can go back to work within a week and then usually they can start aerobic activity within 3 to 4 weeks and then in most cases they can do heavy lifting, strong exertional exercises at about 68 weeks after that.