Breast reduction surgery, also called breast reduction mammoplasty, involves removing excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts, resulting in a smaller breast size. People with large breasts may opt for breast reduction surgery to alleviate chronic back and shoulder pain or to improve their self-esteem related to their body image. Breast reduction recovery time varies for each person, but could take up to four weeks.
You may experience pain and soreness, have limited physical activity, and may need to wear specialty clothing to aid healing. Planning ahead for your breast reduction recovery can help the process go as smoothly as possible.