Post-Operative Instructions – Breast Reduction

While we always endeavour to obtain perfection and symmetry in all our surgery, it must be realized that plastic surgery is more of an art than a science. There are factors beyond our control, such as the individual healing process of each patient. As is the case in most people pre-operatively, there may be slight differences between the two breasts post-operatively as well.

You must sleep on your back for the first two weeks following surgery.

You will be given a first post-operative appointment 1-2 days after your surgery. You will need to be accompanied for this appointment. A second appointment (3 weeks later) will also be given to you, which you can come to, unaccompanied.

You will need to wear the support bra supplied to you by our clinic for the first four weeks following the surgery. This bra must be worn twenty-four (24) hours a day.

Please avoid wearing underwire or push up bras for the 6 weeks after your surgery.

Your breasts will feel heavy and sore, especially on Day 2 and 3 after surgery. You may or may not have bruising. It is not unusual for your breasts to feel numb and/or sensitive. There may be pulling sensations as you heal. Due to this swelling and distortion, do not expect to see your final result until about three months after surgery.

You may begin taking showers four days after surgery. Baths should be avoided for 4 weeks. You may wash with a mild soap such as (Ivory or Dove), try to avoid using soap on the wounds and steristrips (pieces of tape on wounds). As the steristrips begin to loosen (between 2-3 weeks post-operatively), you may remove them with a pair of tweezers. Once all steristrips have been removed, you will notice some fine sutures sticking out of the skin. These are purposely left long. Do not touch them. These will be cut flush to the skin on your 3-week appointment with our nurse.

It is normal to have some yellowish discharge from the incisions or sometimes even some blood. The discharge is due to the "melting" stitches dissolving. Purchase 4" gauzes at the pharmacy and apply these to cover the nipple and insert them inside your bra cup. Change the gauze daily. If they stick to the incision, moisten them in the shower and then remove them.

It is also normal to have some small openings of the wounds during healing. Simply keep these areas clean and, should there be openings, apply some Polysporin ointment (non prescription drug) two or three times each day until the wound has healed.

Avoid all strenuous exercise for six weeks following surgery. Please avoid driving an automobile while you are taking your painkillers.

You will be given a prescription for pain medicine, take this only when you are having discomfort. Do not take your pain killers on an empty stomach. DO NOT TAKE ANY ASPIRIN or any medications containing aspirin for the first two weeks prior and after surgery. Aspirin interferes with normal blood clotting.  Tylenol is a good substitute for aspirin.

In case of persistent vomiting or nausea, use Gravol in a suppository form.


V.W. Papanastasiou, MD, CM, MSc, FRCSC

I had a successful breast surgery on May 24th 2016. Through the information sessions to the surgery and post surgery every single staff I dealt with was professional nice and patient. Dr. Papanastasiou is a great surgeon, professional, patient with a beautiful smile. I wish I had the surgery long time ago.....Big thank to Dr. Papanastasiou, God bless you Doctor!! Thank you so much Francoise, Stephanie, Michele and the young ladies at the reception and everyone who was in the surgery room. A big hug and thanks to NANCY the wonderful Nurse who took care of me in the recovery room, this great lady put her heart in what she does!!!! God bless you all.

"I recently had a breast lift and implants put in by Dr. P and his team. The results are wonderful, very natural and I love them. His team was fantastic, very professional and kind. I would definitely recommend Dr P and his clinic!"

"I recommend Dr. Papanastasiou, he is very kind and professional and best technology I've seen after going to loose my money to get evaluations with other doctors I came back. I had breast augmentation and asked for a natural look and that' s exactly what I got! From A to Z my experience was excellent! I also did lipo and I barely got bruises and no pain, he has magic hands :-)"

"About 4 weeks ago I had lower eye surgery for bags and wrinkles. I was initially a little nervous about the procedure but after speaking with him he made me feel at ease and I felt this was the right decision for me. The procedure took about 1 hour and I was back at work 1 week later with just some minor bruising on my cheeks. I was very impressed with Dr. Papanastasiou. He was very professional and I am extremely satisfied with the results. After the procedure he also called me that night to see how I was doing. I was extremely impressed. I would have no problem seeing him again for any procedure and would easily recommend him. Thank you again Dr. Papanastasiou"

"Two years ago I decided to have breast augmentation and a full rhinoplasty. I went to see Dr. Papanastasiou and felt immediately comfortable with him and his staff and confident that he was the best doctor to do the work. It turns out that I needed a revision (to correct minor issues) for both surgeries (breasts and nose) and I was met with understanding and openness. Dr. Papanastasiou and his staff were very accommodating and compassionate! There were no hassles or arguments regarding the need for the revisions and this was very reassuring! I'm extremely pleased with the results of both surgeries and I'm grateful to have been in Dr. Papanastasiou's care ☺️"