Breast Reduction Mammoplasty: Recovery Time

Published October 31, 2017

Breast Reduction Mammoplasty: Recovery Time

The quick guide to Breast Reduction Mammoplasty recovery time

If you’re considering breast reduction mammoplasty surgery, you might be wondering how much time to set aside after the surgery before you can get back into the swing of your daily routine.

Dr Tavakoli’s team has prepared this quick guide to give you an idea of what to expect.

Immediately after breast reduction mammoplasty surgery:

Resume general mobility immediately – it’s important that you don’t stay in bed or remain stationary for long periods of time. You’ll be given special post-op instructions – follow them carefully.

Week 1:

In the first week you should only perform gentle daily activities.

Week 2:

In the second week after surgery you can resume light walking and household duties (but avoid anything that stresses the upper body like ironing or hanging washing).

Weeks 3 to 6:

In weeks 3 to 6 you can resume walking on a treadmill and light spinning on an exercise bike. (You should avoid vacuuming until after 6 weeks).

Weeks 6 to 12:

At this point you can usually start exercising your lower body again – think body squats and lunges.

3 to 4 months:

After 3 to 4 months you can commence upper body exercises, contact sport, swimming and light jogging. Always wear a double supportive bra when exercising – it’s important there’s no breast movement during recovery!
If in doubt at any time after your breast reduction mammoplasty surgery, or if you feel any pain while exercising, STOP! It’s important that you take care and don’t overdo it.

This is just a quick guide, so it’s always best to check with your doctor and follow their advice!

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an Australian-trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the International Society (ISAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is knowledgeable in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the world on these topics.