Breast Reduction Surgery & Recovery: What to Expect at LJC

How is breast reduction surgery performed?

Breast reduction surgery is done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis or in the hospital. The incisions are usually made around the pigmented area (the nipple-areolar complex) and extend vertically below the nipple and along the fold under the breast.

The nipple-areolar complex is then moved upward to the desired location and excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed. Your incisions will be sutured and dressed, and you’ll be moved to a private, comfortable recovery room to rest until you are ready to go home.

How GalaFLEX can help you get better, longer-lasting breast reduction results

At LJC, we use several surgical techniques and tools to help our patients get the most satisfactory results possible. One option we may include with breast reduction is GalaFLEX soft tissue support.

Depending on your needs, your plastic surgeon may use a soft tissue support matrix called GalaFLEX to enhance your results. GalaFLEX is a strong, flexible sheet that adds immediate support and helps your thin or weakened tissues grow back stronger and thicker. Learn more about the benefits of GalaFLEX.

What is breast reduction recovery like?

Most breast reduction patients enjoy a reasonable and uneventful recovery. While you’ll have to rest at home for the first few days, you’ll be able to get up and walk around the next day after surgery. If you have a desk job, you may be able to return to work within a week or so. You’ll have to take about a month off from your exercise routine. Heavier lifting and exercise involving the chest will have to wait a little longer. However, you should be back to most daily activities within 2 weeks. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions for your recovery.

One of the activities our breast reduction patients tend to look forward to the most is shopping for more figure-flattering clothing and wearing more comfortable bras. For the first 4-6 weeks, you’ll need to wear a high-quality sports bra or other very supportive, non-underwire bra while you heal. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on when it’s okay to wear everyday bras.

Your new breast shape will continue to improve during the first 6 months or more after surgery. Scars, although present, are easily hidden by clothing and will fade nicely with proper care.

Since 1988, more than 32,000 patients have had safe, successful procedures at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa.