Surgery can be life-changing in several amazing ways. But you will still likely have a number of questions, such as “how long after a breast reduction will I know my size?”
That’s where the team of experts at Pall Mall can help. In this guide, we’ll shine some insight into the recovery process, what your final results may look like, and how long after surgery you can expect to see them.
At Pall Mall, we understand that the journey to surgery can be a long one. That’s why we provide all of our cosmetic surgery patients two years of aftercare as a standard.
This way, we can support you at every step of your healing - from your initial consultation through to recovery.
So, whether you’ve already had a breast reduction or are wondering how surgery could improve your life, let’s take a closer look at how long into recovery you need to wait before you know your new breast size.
The impact of a breast reduction
Breast reduction surgery can be incredibly freeing for our patients - especially for those who have struggled for years with the side effects that come with having a larger chest.
Many people report having a significantly improved quality of life following their procedure, alleviating problems such as:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Back issues
- Skin irritation
- Stooped posture
Following surgery and healing, many of our patients report feeling more comfortable and confident in themselves. As well as enjoying their new look, they also find themselves being able to enjoy exercise and fitting into clothes they love.
So, when does size come into play?
So, what size can I expect?
At your initial consultation, your experienced Pall Mall surgeon will take the time to discuss your desired results, such as the rough size you’re hoping to achieve.
While we can’t promise an exact size following your surgery, we make sure to account for your existing size and shape to create a flattering silhouette.
The effects of swelling
Although cosmetic, breast reduction surgery is still a major surgery. This means that significant postoperative swelling is a normal side effect of tissue injury - which will ‘hide’ your true results during the healing period.
So, remember that your breasts need to first recuperate from the surgical trauma before they ‘settle’ into the size. Other factors, such as health and lifestyle, can also influence healing.
In addition to your recovery, the type of reduction - which we’ll cover in the next section - can also impact the final look of your breasts.
That’s why you must follow the pre and post-operative instructions given to you by your patient coordinator correctly, as well as adjust your lifestyle to accommodate this new and exciting period of change!
Talk to Pall Mall
If you have any questions - or are worried about how your breasts are ‘settling’ following surgery - talk to us first. Your dedicated patient coordinator will be available around the clock to help with any worries, so you always have peace of mind.
Timescales for healing
Now that we’ve touched on the impact of swelling, let’s take a more in-depth look at the timeline for recovery and when to expect your final breast size.
Immediate Postoperative Period
After your surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. At Pall Mall, you’ll also receive a special ‘Macom’ healing bra to help further minimise swelling and support the breasts as they heal.
First Two Weeks
When you go home, it’s crucial that you closely follow your surgeon’s post-operative advice. We recommend that you take at least four weeks off from work for an initial recovery period, and avoid any strenuous activity that might delay your healing or cause problems with your overall recovery.
You will also be advised to:
- Avoid heavy lifting
- Take prescribed medication for pain and inflammation
- Attend your follow-up appointments
By the end of the second week, you’ll likely see a noticeable change in your breast size.
However, this is not the final result, as you’ll still have a good deal of swelling and healing to go.
Four Weeks Post-Surgery
Around four weeks after surgery, most individuals can return to work and continue their normal activities. Make sure to steer clear of any significantly strenuous activities to avoid problems with healing, but most of the swelling should begin to settle.
At this point, you’ll first start to get a proper idea of your new breast size!
However, it’s important to remember that small changes in size, shape, and feel will continue as healing continues.
Three to Six Months Post-Surgery
At this stage, your breasts should have settled into their final shape and size!
You’ll also notice that your incision lines and scars will have begun to fade, and the overall look of your breasts will be what you initially hoped for when you started this journey.
Now, you can confidently shop for new bras and clothes, as your breast size will have stabilised during this period.
Just remember: the final result is achieved roughly one-year post-operation, with factors such as weight fluctuations and pregnancy all impacting the final look and feel.
How Long After A Breast Reduction Will I Know My Size?
You should be able to see the full results of your breast reduction roughly six months after surgery, once any post-surgical swelling and bruising have gone down.
This is when your breasts will have ‘settled’ - and the really exciting part begins!
Once you’ve reached this point, your new breasts will be at your new cup size, so now is a great time to get your breasts measured.
Still got questions? Pall Mall can help.
If you’re still wondering how long after your breast reduction you’ll know your exact size, our team can help.
As always, your health and happiness are our number one priority, which is why we offer no-obligation consultations and a comprehensive aftercare package.
These are totally free at our clinics across the UK - so you get the answers you are searching for at no extra cost.
To start your cosmetic journey, why not get in touch with our friendly team today?
- Phone us on 03300 27 26 51.
- Visit one of our clinics across the North West.
- Book an appointment using our contact form and a member of our team will contact you.