Breast lift surgery can bring a completely new look to sagging breasts. Just as with any other surgical procedure, there is a necessary period of healing and recovery after the breast lift. Being fully aware of what to expect during recovery after a breast lift can help patients decide whether this is the right surgery for them or not. Dr. Patterson’s extensive experience in breast surgeries of all types has led him to identify the following information as “must know” recovery information for breast lift patients.
Planning a Breast Lift
Proper planning can make all the difference when it comes to an effective and rapid recovery. Breast lift patients should arrange for a friend or family member to take them home following the surgery and stay with them for the first 24 hours after the surgery. Childcare should be arranged in advance, as well. Patients won’t be able to do some of the things they normally do during their early recovery, for example lifting their children or cooking full meals. Make sure that necessary items like medication, water, phone charger, and computer are easy to reach on the bed or the bedside table. It is important to talk about pain management with the doctor ahead of time to know what is normal pain and what is unusual.
Following the Surgery
Following the surgery, Dr. Patterson’s patients will have a list of specific aftercare instructions to follow. This includes guidelines like:
- Wearing loose button-down shirts
- Leaving gauze as it is for at least 24 to 48 hours post-surgery, replacing it if bloody.
- Avoiding strain to the chest, including lifting arms over the head.
- Using heavy compression sports bra for the first two weeks after surgery, and then transitioning into a medium compression sports bra for the next month.
- Avoiding full water submersion for three to four weeks after the breast lift. Showers are fine after 24 hours.
Taking narcotic pain medication on an only as needed basis, since it can cause uncomfortable side effects like constipation. Itching around the incisions is usually easily addressed with over the counter antihistamines.
Keeping surgical tap in place for two to three weeks after the surgery, and avoiding the use of creams in that area.
Decreasing the Appearance of Scars
There are several things that patients can do to avoid scarring after breast lift surgery. This include:
- Avoidance of alcohol
- Avoidance of smoking
- Avoidance of tanning, both indoors and outdoors
- Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
- Taking vitamin supplements
- Regular use of the scar treatment provided by the doctor
Ready to Remove the Sagging and Get More Youthful Breasts?
Dr. Patterson is one of the most highly regarded plastic surgeons on the Gulf Coast. He specializes in breast surgeries, including breast lifts. Call the office today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Patterson.