Breast reduction patients stay in hospital overnight. You can expect to feel a little bit uncomfortable for the first couple of days. Although from my experience, most women tolerate this very well and often feel more comfortable than prior to the surgery due to the reduced weight of their breast. Your wound will be healed in around 10 days, and by two or three weeks, a lot of the bruising and swelling will have settled. Depending on the type of work you do, you may return to work after about one week and start some gentle exercising. However, returning to full exercising and work will be around six weeks. Although you will be back doing your normal activities, the final result and maturation of the scars does take a little bit longer, and you’ll continue to see improvements for even up to one year.