Breast Reduction

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Do not lift more than 5 pounds with one arm, or 10 pounds with both arms, for 1 month.

  • Do not sleep on your stomach for 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Do not do vigorous exercise such as bouncing, aerobics, or jumping for 6 weeks. Walking is not restricted.

  • Do not drive while you are taking prescription pain medicine.

  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure.

  • Wear a bra 24 hours a day for 1 month, unless otherwise instructed. You may remove your bra while bathing.

  • Do not wear underwire bras.

  • You may slowly go back to your normal diet. Start with a light meal and increase as comfortable.

  • You may shower 24 hours after your drains are removed unless instructed differently by your caregiver.

  • Take your pain medicine as prescribed. Discomfort is normal after breast reduction surgery.

  • Apply ointment as instructed by your caregiver. Occasionally, "crusting" occurs, usually under the breast. This small skin loss is fairly normal and can be managed with an antibiotic ointment.


  • You have a fever.

  • You notice drainage from the incision that smells bad.

  • You have persistent pain.

  • You have persistent bleeding from the incision or nipple discharge.

  • You develop increased swelling or swelling that is greater in one breast than in the other.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.