Pain Level: Moderate to severe discomfort. 1-2 weeks of pain medication
Sutures: Removed after 1 week
Drains: Removed after 1-2 days
Swelling and Bruising: 2-3 weeks
Numbness: 1-2 weeks.
Work: 2 weeks. If job is strenuous or requires lifting, wait longer.
Exercise: Wait 3-4 weeks
Final result: 6 months
On the day of surgery your chest will be painful, bruised and swollen and you may feel nauseated. Pain medication will be prescribed.
You will wear an elastic bandage or surgical bra over dressings for the first few days. The incisions will be taped to reduce scarring. You will wear an ace bandage or sports bra worn another 1-4 weeks. Do not wear an underwire bras during recovery.
According to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the first menstruation following surgery may cause breasts to swell and hurt, and the woman may also experience shooting pains in her breasts for several months.
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