Getting a breast reduction, while a common procedure amongst women, is not to be taken lightly. After all, during a typical procedure, Dr. Zenn of Zenn Plastic Surgery can remove between one half and three-quarters of your breast volume providing immense relief and great satisfaction in your new look. The Breast Reduction procedure requires that you recuperate properly for the best possible result. Here are 5 of Dr. Zenn’s most common breast reduction aftercare tips.
- Get Plenty of Rest
Any time you have surgery, you need ample rest so your body can focus all its energy on healing. The same is true after a breast reduction. Your body has just undergone a major event, and it needs time to recover. Typically, Dr. Zenn requires his breast reduction patients to take one week off work or their other daily routines simply to rest. After a week, it’s back to work!
- Lie on Your Back, But Never on Your Stomach
If you’re normally a stomach sleeper, you’re going to have to adjust your sleeping habits as you are recovering from breast reduction surgery. The reason is your breasts will be very sensitive, and you don’t want to put any amount of undue pressure on them. Instead, for the first week, sleep on your back with your back propped up with pillows or sleep in a recliner. By week two, you will be more comfortable lying on your side and soon after, back to the tummy!
- Wait to Shower Until Dr. Zenn Says You Can
We know that the thought of not showering for a few days might not seem pleasant to you. Some surgeons require a week of no showering. But Dr. Zenn’s technique allow you to shower the day after surgery. When you’re recovering from breast reduction surgery, wait to take a bath or go in the pool or ocean until Dr. Zenn has cleared you to do so.
- Take Your Medication Exactly as Directed
A large amount of your breast volume will be removed during a breast reduction surgery. And most of Dr. Zenn’s Raleigh patients have minimal pain, requiring only Motrin or Tylenol. For those few requiring narcotic pain medication, a prescription is available and should be necessary only for a day or two. Your comfort during the recovery process is just as important to Dr. Zenn as the beautiful result you will have.
- Keep All Your Follow Up Appointments
One of the worst things you can do after a breast reduction surgery is not keeping all your follow up appointments. Dr. Zenn will see you the day after surgery to make sure everything is okay. You may feel great, and the appearance of your breasts may look healthy, but only Dr. Zenn can guarantee that for sure. Always keep every postoperative appointment he schedules, so you can ensure you are healing properly and know when additional activities such as heavy exercise can be resumed.
Learning More About Breast Reduction Surgery and Recovery
If you’re a woman who’d like to downsize her large natural breasts, you probably have a lot of questions about breast reduction surgery and its recovery process. This is totally normal, and exactly why Dr. Zenn spends a tremendous amount of time with his breast reduction surgery candidates during their initial consultation. He wants to educate them on their proposed procedure and recuperation, as well as answer all their questions.
Scheduling an initial consultation with Dr. Zenn is easy. Simply contact Zenn Plastic Surgery at (919) 480-3885.