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.
- 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