What is the recovery time for breast reduction surgery?


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.

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