Following the surgery, the breasts are usually swollen, sensitive and bruised, you may feel pain from the incision. Mild aggravation may also occur as the bruising disappears. The symptoms gradually disappear, with the swelling and bruising normally vanishing within about two weeks. Nipples and areolae can be less sensitive for months. The breasts’ final shape can be only be assessed after about six months.
It is important to use a bra that supports the bust well, e.g. a sports bra, 24 hours per day for four weeks. The stitches are removed 1–2 weeks after the surgery and life gradually returns to normal within 3–4 weeks.
We recommend that you sleep on you back for the first month in order not to expose the breasts to pressure. Light everyday tasks and walks are allowed. You should avoid exertion and sweating in conjunction with, for example, sport for 4–6 weeks. In order to ensure normal function and movement of the upper body, it is beneficial to ensure, in particular, the shoulder joint’s mobility with light movements.
You will receive more detailed aftercare instructions when you leave the hospital. The definitive breast shape can first be assessed six months after the surgery, but you can already see an improvement when the stitches are removed. The follow-up examination, that you make an appointment for yourself, takes place at an NUS primary care centre.
Wound tape protects, supports and splints wounds that are healing, leave it in place. The tape is removed or changed when the stitches are removed. You can shower normally and wash yourself with a gentle, liquid soap and mild shampoo. Dry the taped areas by carefully patting them with a towel. Do not take a hot sauna for at least one month after the surgery. Swimming is not recommended before the wound has completely healed.
The wound tape can be removed if:
- the tape irritates the skin
- the wound is bleeding or seeping
- moisture has formed under the tape
Do not replace it with new tape, instead protect the wound with an absorbent wound dressing.
Following a breast reduction, 3–5 weeks of sick leave are required, with the length varying depending on the nature of the work and the extent of the procedure.
Following the surgery, contact us if:
- you get sudden pain or worse pain in the surgical area
- the wound does not stop bleeding, is swollen or suppurating
- you have a fever of over 38 degrees that lasts more than 24 hours