How long will my breasts be swollen after my breast reduction?

I am having my breast reduction surgery in about a month and with the warm weather approaching I am concerned that my breasts will look swollen in a bathing suit. I know I should have my breast reduction surgery earlier in the winter, but my schedule did not allow for it. Can you please tell me how long after my breast reduction surgery will my breasts be swollen?


F, 32, Tennessee

You will be fine. Swelling after this surgery is relatively minimal and gone in 4-6 weeks. If history is any indicator, you will love your new breasts, scars and all. Be sure your surgeon is a plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and that he or she has a lot of experience with this surgery. If you are unsure ask. Do not be afraid to ask questions. You should not have to go to a forum like this for answers, especially if you already have surgery scheduled. It is your surgeon's obligation to insure that all of your questions are answered to your satisfaction. 

R. T. Bosshardt, MD, FACS

Tavares, FL