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How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Reduction?

Jan 22, 2020 | Breast

At Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz MD, many notable women have vocalized their reasons for getting breast reduction surgery. Also known as reduction mammoplasty, breast reduction removes excess skin and tissue to reduce the overall size of the bustline. One of the most common reasons to undergo breast reduction surgery is to alleviate chronic pain or discomfort. When breasts are too large or not proportionate to your weight or height, this can also impact a person’s self-esteem. Dr. Jaime Schwartz hopes to help patients restore their functionality and confidence once again.

If you are considering getting breast reduction and lift surgery, it is highly recommended to consult with a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon. This is because it is important to understand everything that the procedure entails, including the pros and cons of surgery, the process of breast reduction recovery, and surgical costs. Making the decision to have breast reduction is very personal, which is why we recommend scheduling a one-on-one consultation to get started. Contact our office in Beverly Hills, CA to learn about all the factors that go into breast reduction.


As one of the leading experts in breast surgery, Dr. Schwartz uses a special technique called LipoLift® on breast reductions. LipoLift uses a liposuction technique to remove fatty tissue in the breasts before removing excess skin. Our staff uses this innovative method since it is less invasive than traditional breast reduction and lift surgery and allows for faster recovery times. This approach also allows us to contour the breasts to the most optimal shape and size. Before choosing this method of reduction, it is important to set realistic expectations for breast reduction recovery and outcome. Dr. Schwartz will explain the process in detail during your initial consultation. His signature breast reduction works to accomplish the following:

  • Less loss of cleavage in the breasts

  • Limited to no loss of nipple sensation

  • Less invasive procedure with quicker recovery time

  • Fewer complications post-procedure


Breast reduction is performed as an outpatient procedure while the patient is under general anesthesia. Once surgery has been completed, patients are monitored closely in a comfortable recovery room and then discharged to a responsible family member or adult to begin the healing process at home. A compression garment will be worn for several days to keep the dressings in place during recovery. Over the course of the next 3 – 4 weeks, the breasts will settle into their new positions and will begin to look more natural. At the same time, the surgical scars will soften over 6 – 8 months.

Over time, the breasts may change due to natural aging or weight fluctuations, but keep in mind that it is essential to maintain consistent body weight, so the outcome is not affected in a negative way. At the end of the healing process, the patients at Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz MD in Beverly Hills, CA report feeling lighter and more confident about their silhouette.

Even though it may seem daunting, recovery from a breast recovery and lift is less time-consuming or intense than you would think. The most essential part is to follow the instructions of Dr. Schwartz for a safe and efficient recovery. Patients are given helpful instructions that may include:

  • How to take care of your breasts following breast reduction

  • Prescription medications to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection

  • Specific concerns to look for, such as excessive bleeding

  • When to follow up with Dr. Schwartz at our clinic


Patients believe that only medically necessary surgeries are covered by insurance. Unfortunately, this means women may not seek the breast reduction they need because they are concerned about the cost. The good news is that Dr. Schwartz performs reduction surgery as a cosmetic and reconstructive procedure. Your insurance provider is more likely to cover some of the costs if you are experiencing debilitating symptoms such as frequent back or neck pain. Other common issues related to enlarged breasts include:

  • Difficulty or inability to work out

  • Persistent pain in the shoulders, neck, and back

  • Shortness of breath due to the heaviness of the breasts

  • Skin rashes and infections under the breasts

  • Low self-esteem and poor body image

Insurance companies may require documented reports or referrals from specialists before covering breast reduction costs. If you have questions regarding health insurance or medical documentation, simply call the staff at Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz MD. We can walk you through the process and get you the treatment you require.


If you have enlarged or heavy breasts, you may choose to have reduction surgery to achieve a more proportionate body or to ease discomfort. No matter what, Dr. Schwartz is committed to enhancing safety and awareness for patients in every part of the process. Whether you have questions or concerns about breast reduction, or the recovery process in Beverly Hills, CA, our clinic offers information and resources for you. Schedule a personalized consultation to learn how Dr. Schwartz can help you regain self-confidence through breast reduction and lift surgery.



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