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Services - Recovery
Breast Reduction recovery
Breast reduction patients normally spend one night in the hospital and then go home with someone who is able to assist them with medications and personal care. Patients can shower the second day after surgery, even with their drains in place. Drains are usually in for about one week, depending on the patient. Dr. Burgess provides prescription pain medication, antibiotics and other medications to assist in the recovery period.
It is important to avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for a minimum of one month and most women take about 2-3 weeks off of work. Because patients still have breast tissue following a breast reduction, it is crucial to still do breast exams and breast cancer screening. Usually a new baseline mammogram is done 6 months to one year after your surgery. Final results for a breast reduction can up to one year, as patients can be swollen and retain fluid in their breasts.
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Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elisa A. Burgess specializes in Lake Oswego face lift as well as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), liposuction, tummy tuck and breast augmentation. She serves the entire northwest Portland / Vancouver metro area and beyond.