Breast Lift Side Effects: What Patients Should Know

May 31, 2016 @ 12:54 PM — by blakebird
Tagged with: Breast Lift | Breast Enhancement

A woman covering her breasts with a scarfWhen it comes to helping patients with drooping and sagging breasts, few treatments are as helpful or as effective as breast lift surgery (mastopexy). Dr. Craig Foster has helped countless women achieve perkier and more shapely breasts by performing this procedure at his Upper Manhattan cosmetic surgery center.

The post-operative recovery is just as important as the surgery itself. With that in mind, let's look at some of the side effects that patients can expect after breast lift. This will offer realistic expectations about the nature of the procedure.

Side Effects Are a Common Part of Recovery

Side effects are a normal part of surgery. After undergoing any kind of procedure, a patient's body will respond in different ways to the nature of the surgery and the way it affects his or her body. Just keep in mind that side effects are a sign that you are healing, and that they are temporary and will pass.

If you should experience any complications, however, those should be reported as soon as possible so your surgeon can address the matter in a timely fashion.

Grogginess and Fatigue After Surgery

Right after undergoing breast lift surgery, it's not uncommon to experience feelings of grogginess, fatigue, dizziness, and even nausea. This is often related to patients coming out of the effects of general anesthetic. This is normal, and patients are asked to be escorted/driven home in order to rest.

Patients should lie down with their back propped up by pillows to avoid laying completely flat. Surgical bras and dressings should be in place and worn as directed. A full list of post-op instructions will be provided during the consultation process.

Pain, Soreness, and Discomfort

Pain and soreness are both very common when recovering from surgery. The discomfort tends to be centralized around the area that was operated on. This pain can often be managed through a mix of rest and the use of recommended pain relief medication (over-the-counter and prescription as directed).

Bruising and Swelling

Bruising and swelling are both to be expected after you have undergone surgery of any kind. The bruising after breast lift should begin to fade by the end of the first or second week, with continued fading over the course of a month. Major swelling from surgery should abate after the first month, with minor swelling lasting a few months after that. Both are normal.

Numbness and Changes in Nipple Sensation

Since incisions are made around the nipple and on the breast itself, patients will often experience numbness or added sensitivity around their nipples. This can occur for several weeks after surgery, and persist as patients continue to heal in the months ahead. Keep in mind that these are normal sensations (or changes in sensation, to be more exact) and that these issues will abate with time.

A Word on Post-Surgical Scarring

Scarring is a reality after any incision is made. The scars after breast lift surgery will be noticeable in the first weeks as healing begins, but should fade with the months and years ahead. There are many factors that can affect this, including genetics, and these can be discussed with your surgeon in greater detail during the consultation process.

Rest assured that all steps will be taken to limit the size of the incisions, and that the scars themselves are well hidden by most bathing suits and undergarments.

Speak with Dr. Craig Foster About Breast Lift

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. Dr. Craig Foster will be sure to answer your questions and ensure that you look your absolute best.