What to Expect in Breast Reduction Surgery

At Pall Mall, we understand that cosmetic surgery is about helping people and making them feel better physically, emotionally, and mentally. Everyone’s reasons for surgery are personal and undergoing surgery can sometimes be daunting. That’s why we’ve put together some useful information to know before going ahead with your breast reduction.

After surgery

It is important to note that everybody heals and reacts differently when it comes to surgery. A breast reduction removes some of the breast tissue and skin from the breasts. This reshapes and lifts the breasts and reduces their size. After surgery, you will probably feel weak and you may feel sore for two to three weeks. You may also feel pulling or stretching in your breast area.

Although you may need pain relief for a week or two, you can expect to feel better and stronger each day.

For several weeks, you may get tired easily or have less energy than usual and you also may have the feeling that fluid is moving in your breasts. This feeling is normal and will go away over time. Your stitches will be removed by your nurse around five to ten days after surgery.

Your new breasts may feel firmer and look rounder and this may change the amount of feeling in your breast, but in time, some feeling will return. It is important to keep in mind that it may take time to get used to your new breasts. You will have swelling at first, but the breasts will soften and develop into a better shape over time.


For the best and safest results, it is important to rest when you feel tired – getting enough sleep is vital in order to let your body recover from surgery.

For about two weeks after surgery, avoid lifting anything that would make you strain. Do not lift anything over your head for up to 3 weeks.

Your surgeon will advise you when you can resume activities such as exercising, driving etc.

You should avoid showering until your surgeon advises you that it is ok to do so. This will depend on how your wounds are recovering. If you are given the go ahead to have a shower you should let the water run over your wounds rather than submerging them. Do not take a bath or soak your wounds for around four weeks.

Depending on your occupation, you will probably be able to go back to work or your normal routine in two to three weeks. This depends on your recovery and the advice given to you.


After surgery, you can eat your normal diet. If your stomach is upset, try bland, low-fat foods like plain rice, broiled chicken, toast, and yogurt. Drink plenty of fluids (unless your surgeon tells you not to).

You may notice that your bowel movements are not regular right after your surgery – this is common. Try to avoid constipation and straining with bowel movements and take a fibre supplement. If you have not had a bowel movement after a couple of days, take a mild laxative.


Incision care

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for your incision, it is important to follow the instructions so you do not compromise your results.

After surgery you will be wearing a compression bra that holds your breasts and bandages in place. Your surgeon will tell you how long you should keep this on for and when you can change it.

Wash the area daily with warm, soapy water, and pat it dry. Do not use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol as this can slow the healing process.



Try to walk each day. Start by walking a little more than you did the day before. Bit by bit, increase the amount you walk. Walking boosts blood flow which can speed up the healing process and helps prevent a number of complications.

Avoid strenuous activities, such as bicycle riding, jogging, weightlifting, or aerobic exercise, until your surgeon says it is okay to do so.

You may have one or more drains near your incisions. Your surgeon will tell you how to take care of these, drains are usually removed in the first week after surgery.


Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and attend all appointments and call your nurse if you are having any concerns. At Pall Mall, we have an out of hours nurse contact number that you can call 24 hours a day if you have any concerns or complications following your surgery. We’re here for you every step of the way.

If you’re thinking about having breast reduction surgery, we offer free consultations with all of our surgeons. Find out more here or call us on 03300 58 44 55.


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