San Francisco, California-After some cosmetic surgery procedures it is difficult to see the results right away due to swelling and bruising. With breast reduction surgery you will not see what the end result is going to be for several weeks and possibly months, however, removal of excess breast tissue will immediately relieve back and neck pain. Bruising will last 1 to 2 weeks. Swelling can take several weeks to resolve and the breasts need to settle into their new position. To keep swelling in check, it is essential to sleep with the head and back elevated, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for 3 to 4 weeks.
Sensitivity of the breast skin and/or numbness of the nipples is common as the breasts heal. It is not unheard of for these sensations to last for up to a year. Women who have had breast reduction surgery need to be patient to see the final outcome and allow themselves to adjust to their new image.
In my practice, I have found that women who have had reduction mammoplasty surgery are among the most satisfied patients, as are men that have had gynecomastia surgery, which is male breast reduction.