What should one expect after breast reduction surgery?Following breast reduction surgery, the patient can expect minor pain or discomfort. The breasts are likely to be swollen for a few weeks, and may even remain numb for a few months. For two to three weeks after the surgery, the patient must not engage in any kind of heavy activity. Most patients can go back to work in 15 to 20 days after the procedure.
Patients need to have realistic expectations from the surgery. The procedure is only aimed at reducing the size and improving the shape of the breasts. It is not a procedure for overall weight loss or a procedure leading to comprehensive physical transformation. It is important that patients understand that the shape of the breast improves gradually following the surgery. The shape of the breasts soon after surgery is not the final shape. It takes about two months from the date of surgery for the final shape to emerge.
In the immediate period following the breast reduction surgery, the patient should expect to find the breasts covered with gauze dressing. A drainage tube may be put under each arm to give an outlet to any excess blood or fluid. Due to general anesthesia, the patient may also have a lingering feeling of nausea after the surgery. The surgeon may prescribe medication for relief from pain and nausea. Antibiotic medication may also be prescribed to reduce the risk of infection.
Some amount of scarring is bound to happen in this surgery. But an experienced plastic surgeon will perform the incisions in a way that the scars remain hidden as far as possible, and are minimal in character. Scars may also fade away with the passage of time. Dr. Edmund Kwan says it is important to educate the patient about the surgery well before the procedure is performed. This ensures that the patient has realistic expectations and feels satisfied following the surgery.
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Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
I was invovled in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and profesionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anestigeologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns an I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .