Breast Reduction: Post-operative instructions

  1. Get plenty of rest. Do not do anything other than minimal exertion for three weeks after surgery. No aerobics, jogging, vacuuming, tennis, or swimming. No driving for one week after surgery.
  2. You may take Extra-Strength Tylenol or you prescribed pain medication every four hours, if needed. Avoid any activity immediately after taking the medication as you may experience some drowsiness. Avoid using tranquilizers or sleeping pills while taking narcotics as this combination may be too strong for you. Avoid alcohol of taking narcotic pain medications. Colace (an over-the-counter stool softener medication) is effective to treat constipation, which often occurs with the use of narcotic pain medications.
  3. Change the dressings as often as necessary. You may shower beginning the day after surgery. If you find the dressing is sticking to the incision, standing under warm shower will help loosen it without causing discomfort.
  4. Your breasts will be swollen, and may feel tight for several weeks postoperatively. Ice packs applied to the breasts for the first 48 to 72 hours after surgery will help relieve swelling and discomfort. You may be bruising. This is normal during the postoperative recovery phase.
  5. You may wear a soft bra continuously for comfort until the sutures are out.
  6. The incisions underneath the breast may crust or drain. These areas will heal in time with small dressings.
  7. If you are discharged with drains, record the drainage 2 to 3 times each day.
  8. If there are any problems, contact the Boston Center staff at 617-267-0710.
  9. Call Dr. Yaremchuk's office to make your follow-up appointment.