What to Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery


The following information regarding insurance coverage and the recovery after Breast Reduction is compiled from a 35-year history of performing 2,000 Breast Reduction procedures.

  1. Insurance coverage: it has been our experience that if properly prepared and documented, 80% of our patients are granted coverage for breast reduction surgery.
  2. The Procedure is performed under a general anesthetic, and most patients stay in the hospital overnight.
  3. Immediate Recovery: On the first day after surgery, most patients rate the pain (on a scale of 1 to 10) as a 3 to 5. They are discharged with a support bra in place, and they are educated as to avoiding excessive lifting.
  4. Intermediate Recovery: On the follow-up appointment in 7 to 9 days, the bra and all sutures and drains are removed. They can usually drive at this point, and most patients require no continued pain medication. The majority of patients return to light employment within 3 to 4 weeks. If heavy lifting is required, their return to work may be delayed for 5 to 6 weeks.
  5. Symptom Reduction: Most patients relate that nearly all of their preoperative symptoms totally resolve within 4 weeks to 4 months. The most common improvements are: a reduction in neck strain, upper back pain, rashes beneath their breasts and a significant reduction in bra strap irritation. Other positive findings are:
    1. An opportunity for increasing activity levels
    2. More clothing options
    3. More youthful body shape
    4. The breasts are lifted as well as reduced

If you are contemplating have a Breast Reduction, we hope this information is helpful.  A link for more information and our before and after gallery is provided below.

Joseph W. Rucker M.D F.A.C.S 

Breast Reduction Link




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