Breast Lift Surgery
Recovery is a vital component in the overall breast lift cosmetic surgery process. Working women should be aware that breast lift will involve a certain amount of downtime, and they should be prepared to take a few days off from work. At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss various aspects of breast lift, including recovery.
When a patient is clear about what the recovery will entail, she can make a better decision about choosing breast lift. It will also help her to plan her surgery well, and ensure a smooth recovery.
Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide breast lift to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding communities across the gorgeous Texas horizon.
First Two Weeks
In the first two to three weeks following breast lift surgery, the patient is likely to experience mild soreness, bruising and swelling in the incision sites. Prescription pain medications in the first week will help the patient feel comfortable. In the first two weeks, the patient should avoid sleeping on her stomach as far as possible. Sponge bath is preferable in the first week.
The surgeon will require the patient to wear a special surgical bra for the first few days following breast lift plastic surgery. Once the healing is better, the surgical bra will be replaced with a support bandage or a sports bra without underwire. In a week to 10 days, the surgeon will remove the sutures and drain tubes. Most patients will be ready to resume their regular routine or go back to work in about seven to 10 days.
The surgeon will instruct the patient to avoid strenuous activities and exercises and lifting of heavy weights for about four weeks to minimize pressure on the chest. Bending over should also be minimized in the first few days. Dedicated cosmetic surgeons at ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for breast lift.
First Few Months
Final results of breast lift will continue to establish over several months as the bruising and swelling completely disappears. The skin sensation may change in the incision sites and nipple area, or numbness may occur. This will normally dissipate in about two to three months.
Tingling or stinging sensation may be felt in the breasts in some cases during recovery as the nerves begin to return to their normal function. For the first month after the surgery, the patient should avoid lifting anything over her head. She should carefully follow the surgeon’s recovery instructions to achieve safe and desirable results.
In the first few months after breast lift, most women will have conspicuous scarring. The scars may appear lumpy and reddish during this phase. However, over the next few months, the scars will progressively fade into thin white lines. The impact of scars can be diminished with the application of silicone sheeting and cortisone cream.
Breast lift surgery should ideally be chosen when the woman has no plans for another pregnancy in the future. Pregnancy can cause the breasts to sag, which can compromise the results of breast lift surgery.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.