There are many upsides to having bilateral breast reduction or lift at the same time you're undergoing a lumpectomy. These include:
- You will only need one surgery.
- Your surgery is completed prior to radiation, so you avoid the risks of wound-healing problems that can occur with post-radiation surgery.
- You have symmetric breasts after lumpectomy.
- You get relief from the symptoms of large breasts, if this was a problem before surgery.
These surgeries generally do not involve drains. They may be outpatient or possibly require one night in the hospital. Recovery time is six weeks, but most people usually feel better and are able to return to work in three to four weeks.