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Dr. Shah is widely recognized as the leading plastic surgeon in the region. He employs the most advanced surgical techniques and patient safety protocols. At Shah Plastic Surgery in Springfield, MO, you can expect a superior patient experience, with personalized care and outstanding results.

Will I Need Time Off Work for a Breast Reduction?

You may need at least a week or two away from work after breast reduction surgery, depending on the nature of your job. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgical facility. Specific techniques used to reduce your breasts can vary, depending on individual needs. They are likely to involve surgery through incisions to remove excess fat. When you return home after the procedure, your breasts will be bandaged.

Before & After

How Long Before I’m Back to Normal After Breast Reduction Surgery?

After a breast reduction procedure, your first priority is to rest and recover. The doctor may recommend a supportive bra. You will be provided with pain medications and muscle relaxers to help during your recovery. Your breasts may have some swelling and bruising and will probably feel sensitive and tender for a few days or weeks. You will need to limit physical activity for two to four weeks while your breasts heal after breast reduction surgery.

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Breast Reduction FAQ

What are the reasons to have breast reduction?

How soon will I see results with breast reduction surgery?

When should I have a breast reduction in Springfield, MO?

Will I need someone to drive me home after breast reduction surgery?

Is any exercise allowed during recovery?

What are the reasons to have breast reduction?

Women with large breasts may consider breast reduction surgery to improve self-image and to resolve issues such as:

  • Chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • Rash or irritation under the breasts
  • Nerve pain
  • Restricted activities
  • Difficulty finding bras and clothing to fit

How soon will I see results with breast reduction surgery?

You will see results immediately after the procedure. Keep in mind that it takes time for swelling to subside completely and for incision lines to fade. The beauty of your custom breast reduction will be long-lasting, although the size and shape of your breasts can change with weight gain, weight loss, aging, or pregnancy.

When should I have a breast reduction in Springfield, MO?

If you plan to have children or add to your family, it may be advisable to wait until childbearing is complete to have breast reduction, as the procedure can make breastfeeding more challenging. If you plan to lose a significant amount of weight, consider breast reduction after you have reached or are near your weight loss goal. Significant weight loss can result in a change in breast size.

Will I need someone to drive me home after breast reduction surgery?

Yes. You will not be able to drive and will need someone to bring you for surgery and drive you home. The procedure will take a few hours, then your post-operative progress will be monitored in a recovery room. Once you are alert enough after the anesthesia, you will be allowed to go home.

Is any exercise allowed during recovery?

You will need to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting, but you can start gentle walking right away. Start slowly, at 10 minutes a day, then gradually increase it to 30 minutes. Gentle walking promotes blood flow for better healing, helps prevent clots, and helps you gradually return to normal activities.

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