Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital. Recovery is going to vary by patient, but you can expect to be sore and have swelling for the first two to six weeks. In general, Dr. Whitfield will want you to use your arms normally, but avoid any vigorous exercise programs, a precaution to avoid increased swelling and the risk of damaging the incisions, leading to bleeding. He will advise you to wear a surgical or sports bra to keep your new breasts secure during healing – no underwire bras can be worn until given the okay by Dr. Whitfield. While it may take from six to twelve months to achieve final results, most patients will notice a remarkable change at six weeks after surgery. Your scars, however, may take up to a year to fully mature, so you will need to be patient.
While scars are part of breast reduction surgery, incisions on the breast heal exceptionally well. To achieve the best results, we can provide various very effective scar treatment options to help reduce any significant scarring on the breasts. Scar therapy with Embrace is FDA-approved and is utilized by Dr. Whitfield after breast surgery to reduce the appearance of scars. In any case, the incision lines will fade, and are hidden within even the most revealing clothing.