What to Expect during Breast Lift Recovery

Large-breasted woman in a bra holding a flowerBreast lift surgery can give you the perkier, more youthful looking bust you desire. In order to help ensure you experience optimal results from your procedure, Dr. Craig Foster will provide detailed information and instructions regarding your breast lift recovery during a personal consultation at our Manhattan, New York, practice. Contact us today to learn more.

The Recovery Timeline

The exact breast lift recovery timeframe differs from patient to patient. In addition, it will also depend on whether you are combining the lift with any other procedures. In general, most patients can expect to take at least one week off of work. 

Immediately after Surgery

Once your procedure is complete, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home. We also recommend having someone around for at least the first night to provide assistance. As the anesthesia wears off, you may experience increased discomfort, bruising, numbness, itchiness, and changes in nipple sensitivity. However, these side effects should subside after a few days, and they can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. If necessary, Dr. Foster may prescribe additional medication. 

The First Few Weeks

You will need to wear a compression garment for roughly one week and continue to keep your bandages clean. After roughly three to four days, you will return to our practice so that Dr. Foster can evaluate your progress and remove any drainage tubes. While it may be tempting to stay in bed during the first week of recovery, Dr. Foster highly encourages patients to get up and move around for short periods of time. Even brief movement improves circulation, which in turn improves healing. However, you will need to be sure to avoid bending and lifting and any other activities that would put strain on the treatment area until given permission by Dr. Foster.

As the weeks pass, the full results of your breast lift should become more and more apparent.

Depending on your job, you may be able to return to work after one week. Your breasts will not yet be fully healed at this time, so it is important to remain gentle with them for at least the next month. We have also found that having a support system of family and friends who can chauffeur or help out with household tasks can go a long way toward faster healing.

Long-term Results

As the weeks pass, the full results of your breast lift should become more and more apparent. The appearance of scars should also diminish as time passes. Dr. Foster will continue to see you for additional follow-up appointments, and if you experience any complications during your recovery, please contact our practice immediately.

Contact Us to Learn More

With an emphasis on extraordinary patient care, Dr. Foster and his team go the extra mile to ensure the best results possible for every patient. Before undergoing a breast lift procedure, Dr. Foster will review what to expect during each stage of your recovery and answer any questions you have so that you can feel more confident and comfortable about your care. Contact our practice today to schedule your breast lift consultation.