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How Long is Recovery from a Breast Reduction?

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How Long is Recovery from a Breast Reduction?

Breast augmentation takes many forms, and breast reduction surgery is an increasingly common solution for women of varying ages and backgrounds. Dr. Tenley Lawton is an experienced board-certified surgeon that can guide you through every stage of the process.

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*Individual Results May Vary

About Breast Reduction

Dr. Lawton completes a number of breast reduction (mammaplasty) surgeries every month, helping women achieve a range of benefits. This type of surgery is most commonly used to remove pain and discomfort caused by larger breasts, such as back strain and mobility issues. Meanwhile, many patients simply prefer the appearance of a smaller chest.

All of Dr. Lawton’s breast reduction treatments are completed at the Newport Beach Surgery Center. The treatment involves using one of three incision types (donut, keyhole, or anchor) before excess skin and tissue are removed from the breasts. The remaining tissues are reshaped while the nipple and areola are treated to create a natural and proportional appearance.

Breast Reduction Recovery

Before undergoing a breast reduction treatment, Dr. Lawton can answer any questions you may have regarding expectations, costs, and other aspects. One thing you’ll be eager to clarify, however, is the recovery times involved. No two women are identical, but the vast majority of patients are able to return home between 48 hours and one week after surgery.

The recovery period itself can take up to six months as scars need time to heal. However, the worst aspects only last a few days;

  • After three days, heavy swelling and bruising should become noticeable lighter.
  • After two weeks, the light swelling begins to fade.
  • After six weeks, you can usually return to normal activities, although scarring will be visible for a few months.

Dr. Lawton provides in-depth insights into what you should expect ahead of the treatment while transparent updates throughout the months following surgery ensure that the road to recovery is as smooth as it can be.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Benefits of Breast Reduction

Over 90,000 women undergo breast reduction surgery each year, and it is a procedure that delivers a wide range of rewarding features for women that are currently unhappy with their chests. Some of the most telling issues include;

  • Remove daily discomfort caused by breasts that are too large for your frame.
  • Regain the ability to complete sporting activities and other physical activities.
  • Feel less conscious about your breasts looking out of proportion.
  • Restore symmetry and achieve a firmer chest.

Breast reduction surgery is, when carried out by an experienced aesthetician like Dr. Lawton, a particularly safe procedure and can produce a truly life-changing outcome.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Any woman seeking breast reduction surgery should have reached an age at which their breast will no longer grow. Meanwhile, it may be ill-advised to have the treatment straight after having a child or experiencing another life change that could impact breast size over the months to come.

Nonetheless, if you are unhappy with the appearance of the restrictive nature of larger breasts, and have realistic expectations, breast reduction is probably the most suitable solution to your ongoing problems.

“For all the ladies out there contemplating a breast reduction I highly recommend Dr Lawton. My experience With both the staff and Dr Lawton was flawless! Amy made it easy to schedule appts, Erin (patient coordinator) couldn’t be more helpful, she answered all my many questions and helped ease my anxiety about the surgery procedure. Dr Lawton is truly a gifted surgeon.
I can’t recommend her enough!” *

KM, Happy Patient


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about breast reduction? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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