You should be able to return home within a few hours of your surgery to begin the healing process. Our doctor prescribes pain medication that you can get before the surgery and she recommends measures to soothe the soreness of the breasts. Getting plenty of rest and wearing a surgical support bra as directed helps alleviate some of the swelling and bruising that are common side effects of breast reduction. It is typical for breast reduction patients to miss one to two weeks of work and avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks. Speak with the doctor about your own projected recovery time before returning to work and resuming exercise or other strenuous activities.