How Long Does It Take to Recover from Breast Reduction?

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and Nearby Nevada

June 29, 2020

Perhaps you’ve been considering breast reduction but are wondering if you have enough time to invest in the process. This concern is understandable. Your life may involve childcare, career, fitness, social events, volunteering, vacation, and a busy schedule in general!

Things will be much clearer after you’ve spoken to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller about the procedure. He takes all the time that is needed for you to discuss breast reduction and provide answers to your questions.

  • Immediately after breast reduction. It’s normal to feel groggy as you awaken from surgery. Prior to surgery, you will have asked your spouse or another family member to bring you to the surgical appointment, stay with you, and drive you home afterward. You’ll also need someone to stay with you for at least 24 hours afterward.
  • Staying home from work. Most of our breast reduction patients wait 1-2 weeks before returning to work. A week or two should be plenty of time as long as you will be returning to a desk job or a job that otherwise doesn’t involve heavy lifting or strenuous physical exertion. You may need to wait longer to return to physically demanding jobs.
  • Taking time off from your normal exercise routine. While you do need to get up and walk around regularly, starting as soon as you get home from surgery, anything more intense will need to be delayed for 3-4 weeks. This downtime allows the incisions to heal correctly and without issue. It also allows time for your body to bounce back to a point where it’s up to the task of your normal fitness routine.

Expect full aftercare instructions well in advance of your surgical date. We want you to love your results and enjoy a worry-free recovery. To that end, we make sure you know what to plan for.


If you live in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, or any of the surrounding Nevada areas, please call the practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller at 702-369-1001. We do everything we can to make sure we find scheduling options that work for our patients and their busy lives.

Category: Breast Reduction


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