October 8, 2015
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy is a surgical procedure whereby the appearance of breasts is improved. Breasts with sagging or droopy skin give way to firmer and well-toned ones. Several reasons can be responsible for this drooping of breasts. Weight loss, aging, breast feeding and pregnancy are just some examples of these multiple reasons.
Mastopexy or breast lift surgery can fix this condition by removing excess skin from your breasts. The tissue left behind is tightened and re-contoured to give a new and firm shape to your breasts. Consequently, they wouldn’t sag any longer, rather your breasts would look younger, higher and perkier.
Breast lifts do seem enticing and are becoming an increasingly popular surgical procedure. However, you need to make an informed decision before embarking upon this surgery. Making an informed decision implies that one should be acquainted with the intricacies of the surgical procedure as well as its pre-operative care, they should have realistic expectations from the surgery and should be aware of how long the recovery period is and what it entails.
In order to help you make an informed decision, hereby we provide with all the necessary information that you need to be equipped with regarding the breast lift recovery time.
What should you expect about the Recovery Period?
The recovery period is something which inevitably follows any type of surgery. This recovery period allows your body to heal so that it can start functioning normally again.
The first thing which you should be expecting after this breast lift surgery is PAIN. Since incisions are made during this surgery, therefore after the surgery you will definitely be experiencing a certain level of discomfort, swelling, soreness and pain. The amount of pain experienced by patients varies from case to case, however generally it is quite tolerable. Although, there are pain meds available which your doctor might prescribe, however there are other ways of dealing with this discomfort as well.
You can wear a compression bra. This will help reduce the swelling to some extent which in turn will reduce the pain.
A cold compress could be used to help subside swelling. You can place the iced compress onto your swollen and tender breasts for approximately 20 minutes. Afterwards, give a gap for almost 40 minutes and then repeat the process again. This cold compress should never be placed directly onto the skin, instead it should be placed onto a cloth or some other material of the like kind.
You ought to sleep at an inclined angle after the breast reduction surgery for a couple of days. This might help reduces swelling to some extent since it would improve circulation.
However, you need to remember that it would take a long time, quite a few weeks, for the swelling to subside eventually.
The other thing to be expected are SCARS. Since the surgery deploys some incision patterns, so there has got to be a certain extent of scarring. You can discuss the incision options with your surgeon beforehand. Immediately after the surgery, these incision scars would appear to be very prominent but they would gradually fade away with time. They would never disappear altogether yet during this recovery period you can do certain things to ensure that their appearance is improved.
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Take Proper Nutrition and Take Care of Yourself
The third important consideration has to do with your EXERCISE and other strenuous activities. For some people giving up their daily workouts might be difficult, but it is important that you give up all strenuous activities for at least a couple of weeks. The best results from breast lift surgeries can only be obtained if you give your body ample time to heal.
Gradually as you recover, you can ease back into your routines and resume your daily activities.
Here is a timeline to help you get an idea of what your recovery pace is going to be like.
First Week is all about going easy and taking it easy. However, as you begin to start feeling better you can embark upon some light activity such as a short walk. You can freely move your arms and shoulders but be aware of what your body’s limits are. Do not over exert yourself.
Second, Third and Fourth Week
After a couple of weeks, you would feel significantly better and will most probably be able to resume more of your chores and activities. You can also find your way back into the gym but again only do what your body can take without over stressing your breast muscles or causing an abrasion to your incision sites. It would be well if you stay away from impact exercise during this period.
Fifth and Sixth Week
Generally the healing period is complete after six weeks and now you can resume your routine fully. Yet don’t just rush into it headfirst. It is always a good idea to ease back in slowly. It is this period in which the numbness in your breast skin and nipples might begin to disappear. However, still you should avoid lifting heavy objects above your head. Moreover, you need to wear an underwire bra in the first month after the surgery and after that a supportive bra at all times.
The Recovery Process
You might always think of your recovery as a ‘period’, but actually it is much more of a ‘process’. Not only is the procedure of breast lift surgery important, but its ‘before’ and ‘after is equally vital. Your recovery process would be determined by a number of factors. Your pain threshold is one and the other is whether your breast lift was a standalone procedure or not. If you are getting breast implants and augmentation along with breast uplift then it is probable that your recovery process might be prolonged. Also, pre-operative care and post-operative care including the care of incision scars determine to a great extent how well your recovery process goes.
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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