It shouldn't be more than a couple of weeks before you can resume your normal activities, but you cannot lift heavy objects or do heavy strenuous exercise - you need to stay away from those for at least 3 to 4 weeks. It's important to wear a bra that supports the breasts well, such as a sports or athletic bra.
Permanent visible scars, mostly in areas that can be covered by a bra or swimsuit, are also expected; with time they become less obvious, but they will not disappear completely.
The most common risks of breast reduction surgery include:
-Scars: this varies according to skin type and by the type of incision.
-Unevenly positioned nipples, or breasts that are not the same size or shape.
-Loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts, an often temporary event but that may be irreversible.
-Inability to breast-feed after surgery: depending on what type of reduction, you may or may not be able to breast feed after breast reduction surgery.