If your New Jersey breast reduction surgery is coming up, you’re probably wondering what your recovery process will look like. And it’s no wonder why. After all, for many of Dr. Comizio’s breast reduction surgery patients, this procedure is the first time they have had surgery. Don’t despair. We’re here to tell you that recovery from a breast reduction surgery isn’t all that bad. Here are 5 tips to make the process even easier
1. Take At Least 2 Weeks Off to Rest and Recover
Whether you work outside the home, are a stay-at-home-mom, or go to school, you’re going to need to take at least 2 weeks off from your regular daily activities to rest after your New Jersey breast reduction surgery. This means using vacation time, getting extra help around your house for childcare and perhaps even scheduling your surgery during a school break. But trust us, you’ll need this 2 week recovery period to heal quickly and look and feel your best as soon as possible.
2. Take Your Pain Medication Exactly As Prescribed
Because your surgery will involve incisions and tissue removal, you will experience some discomfort when you wake up, and in the few days after your procedure. The best way to stay on top of this pain is to take your pain medications exactly as prescribed. Pain from surgery is variable. Some New Jersey women recover from surgery by taking Tylenol and others require stronger pain medicine. Your breast reduction postoperative instructions should clearly set your expectations regarding what pain medicine you can take after surgery.
3. Wear Your Surgical Bra 24/7 Until Directed Otherwise
When you awake from your New Jersey breast reduction surgery, you’ll be wearing a surgical bra. This garment is designed to help reduce swelling after your procedure. You’ll need to wear it all day, every day, until Dr. Comizio instructs you that you can take it off – typically for short periods of time at first, such as showering or bathing.
4. Don’t Perform Any Heavy Lifting or Strenuous Activity Until Dr. Comizio Clears You to Do So
For New Jersey breast reduction patients who are mothers and/or like to hit the gym, it can be hard to not pick up your small children or workout. But, you shouldn’t perform these activities when you are recovering from your procedure. Instead, take it easy, and wait until Dr. Comizio tells you that you can resume these activities before doing so.
5. Don’t Smoke
Smoking isn’t only bad for your overall health, it makes healing from surgery more difficult, too. If you smoke tobacco products or e-cigarettes, you’ll need to quit before your surgery so that your surgery and recovery are not complicated due to the negative effects of nicotine. If you need help quitting, talk to Dr. Comizio so she can help you get enrolled in a smoking cessation program.
You Can Always Ask Us Any Questions
Your initial consultation, surgery day, and follow-up appointments don’t have to be your only contact with our office. If you have questions about your recovery period, call us anytime at (973) 775-9248. We’re happy to help and answer any questions you may have.