Recovering from Breast Lift Surgery: What to Expect
Patients can place their trust in Craig Foster, M.D., one of the leading plastic surgeons based in Manhattan. He offers comprehensive cosmetic surgery procedures, including breast lift surgery (mastopexy) to reduce drooping and sagging.
Many patients want to learn more about the recovery process of the surgery and the overall results. Let's look at the healing process in a bit of detail right now.
What to Expect Following the Breast Lift Surgery
Immediately after breast lift surgery, patients can expect a certain amount of discomfort and grogginess, and possibly some nausea. This is normal and part of the general anesthetic wearing off and will only last for the day. Given the amount of fatigue associated with early surgery recovery, patients will want to return home and rest for the remainder of the day.
Common Side Effects After Breast Lift Surgery
Some of the most common side effects of breast lift surgery include the following:
- Discoloration of incision areas
- Numbness of the breasts
- Tingling of the breasts
- Changes in breast sensation
These side effects are generally temporary, particularly the soreness and pain. The bruising and swelling should be most pronounced during the first week to two weeks, though major swelling should abate by the end of the month. Bruising should also fade by the end of the first month.
Activities to Avoid After Breast Lift Surgery
Patients should avoid the following activities as they recover from breast lift surgery:
- Strenuous physical activity
- Heavy lifting
- Reaching for objects high above the head
- Bending over at the weight
- Sexual activity
- Smoking and use of tobacco products
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
It's also of the utmost importance that patients avoid sleeping on their side, their stomach, or flat on their backs after the breast lift was performed. For the next few weeks, patients should rest laying back, but with their back propped up by a few pillows so they remain at an incline.
Wear Surgical Bras and Dressing as Instructed
Patients will want to wear their surgical dressings and surgical bras as instructed during the recovery process. The surgical bra in particular will provide support as you heal, and helps keep bruising and swelling under control.
How Much Time to Take Off Work
Patients will want to take roughly a week to two weeks off of work so they can concentrate on healing. The exact amount of time will depend on the extent of the surgery and the nature of the patient's job duties. This can be discussed as part of the pre-surgical consultation process.
Attend All Follow-Up Visits as Scheduled
Patients will have several follow-up visits with their surgeon in the weeks ahead. They should attend each visit and scheduled in order to learn about their healing progress and what they can expect on the road ahead.
A Word About Post-Surgical Scarring
Scars are common after any surgery, but thankfully they will fade with time. Patients should keep that in mind, and they will notice changes in overall appearance of scars in the months ahead. Given the nature of the surgery, the scars are placed in portions of the breasts that are easily concealed by most bathing suits, tops, and undergarments.
Learn More About Breast Lift Surgery
To learn more about breast lift surgery and how it can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Craig Foster, M.D. and his team look forward to your visit and helping you look your absolute best.