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Breast Reduction: Recovery Time


The quick guide to Breast Reduction recovery time

If you’re considering breast reduction 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 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 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