How should I prepare to recover from breast reduction surgery at home?Nate Deisler
- Ask someone to spend a few days after the surgery at home with you—especially if you live alone.
- Prepare to take it easy for at least a week—compile reading material or a list of movies or television shows you’d like to watch. You’ll be instructed to avoid straining, bending, or lifting for two to three weeks.
- Prepare to be asked to wait for at least 48 hours to shower. (You’ll be advised not to take a bath or soak in a hot tub for about a month.)
- Shop for groceries before your procedure and have lots of hydrating liquids and healthy foods, full of fiber and protein, on hand.
- Have dark towels and clothing available. They’ll absorb any leaking fluid.
- Prepare to wear a surgical support or elastic bandage bra day and night for several days. You’ll also want to wear loose-fitting T-shirts and front-zip hoodies.
- Know that you might have a small drain under your skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.
- Expect your breasts to be swollen and bruised for about two weeks.
- Prepare to sleep on your back with your upper body slightly elevated, which will help reduce swelling. (Sleeping in a recliner or with a stack of pillows is recommended.)