Is The LeJour Method Healing Process the Same?
For the most part, the healing process and post-op care are the same for both the LeJour and the pedicle methods of breast reduction. However, there are a few differences with the LeJour.
After LeJour surgery, the breasts are very full in the upper part of the breast and are positioned VERY high on the chest. This should not be cause for alarm. It is likely to feel strong pressure from fluids that have accumulated above the breasts during the surgery. It feels like someone is pushing against the pectoral muscles which then in turn pushes against the collarbone. Although this can be somewhat uncomfortable, this is normal and the pressure usually subsides in a week or so as the swelling decreases.
During the first month or two, the breasts will be very hard and will not move too much on their own. In the weeks and months following surgery, LeJour breasts will soften, become bouncier, and slowly start to drop and settle down into their lower and final location.
LeJour breasts typically take longer to fully heal than the Pedicle Method. They are usually very puckery around the aerola, lumpy and pointy at first, and take longer to round out. In addition, the area just beneath the breast will be shirred (like a curtain) where all the skin has been pulled together to meet at one central spot and this will take longer to heal. It also takes more time for swelling to subside with the LeJour Method.
Instead of bandages or tape, as used in the Pedicle Method, the plastic surgeon will usually only place a ½" wide Steri-Strip underneath the breast which helps to keep the incision closed where it will stay for a week or two. The strips will eventually come off by themselves. There are no dressings to change.