A Comprehensive Three-Dimensional Rejuvenation Center

Breast Reduction Post-Op Instructions

The following instructions and information are provided to help you through the recovery process. Please review these carefully before your surgery and call our office at (865) 218-6210 should you have any questions before or after your surgery.

Discharge Instructions:

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first night after your surgery.
  • Do not smoke for one month before or after surgery.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after surgery or while taking prescribed narcotic medications.
  • Resume a regular diet and activity as tolerated.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed by Dr. Lucas.
  • A pain pump will also be in place for the first two days to help minimize your pain.
  • Leave bandages in place until the day after your surgery at which time you may shower and put on the front closing sports bra.
  • Wear sports bra continuously except for bathing for approximately six weeks.
  • Do not submerge incisions in water for approximately six weeks.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks, i.e., heavy lifting, running.
  • Your post-op appointment will be the day following surgery.

What to Expect after Surgery:

You may experience one or more of the following for up to six weeks after your surgery:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Numbness in nipple area
  • Soreness and tenderness
  • Blood tinged or clear drainage
  • Moderate pain controlled by prescribed analgesic and pain pump
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nausea is common with breast surgery—use anti-nausea medication if needed.

If you experience any of the following, call our office at (865)218-6210:

  • Excessive bleeding from incision – some bleeding is to be expected, especially under breast at the T-intersection
  • Red, inflamed, painful incision that is hot to the touch
  • Thick, green or yellow drainage from incision area
  • Severe pain not controllled by prescribed analgesic
  • Fever greater than 101.5
  • Nausea and/or vomiting