Recovery is an important component in the overall breast lift cosmetic surgery procedure. How quickly a patient recovers after breast lift can depend on factors such as the breast lift technique used, how diligently the patient follows the post-op care instructions of the surgeon, and the patient’s natural healing ability.
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about all aspects of breast lift, including the recovery process.
Remarkable, focused, and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman provides breast lift and various other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and other suburbs and cities in The Buckeye State.
Immediate Post-operative Phase
As soon as the breast lift surgery is completed, the patient will be shifted to a recovery area for monitoring for a few hours. The breast area will be wrapped in bandages, and the patient will be provided with a surgical bra for extra support to the breasts.
The patient will be required to wear the surgical bra for several weeks in order to allow the breasts to heal faster with reduced swelling. The breast surgery will usually be performed under general anesthesia, but most patients can return home the same day.
For the first few hours, the patient will have some linger after-effects of anesthesia. As the effect wears off, she will start feeling pain and soreness. This will be addressed with pain meds provided by the surgeon. The patient should have someone to drive her back home after the surgery.
Someone should also be available to assist the patient for the first one or two days after the cosmetic surgery procedure at home. The patient and her caregiver will be provided with a set of post-op care instructions to help the patient get through the recovery period safely and comfortably.
First Week of Recovery
For the first three to five days, most patients experience mild soreness and pain in the breasts, which can be improved with pain medications. Bruising and swelling will be pronounced at this stage, but will begin subsiding from the next week. The patient should perform light activities and short walks in the first few days, but any kind of heavy exercise or lifting of heavy weights should be avoided.
Some patients may feel tightness in the chest and breathing difficulty during the first few days. The condition is more likely to occur where breast lift is performed along with breast augmentation surgery. But the symptoms will start subsiding after the first week. The surgeon will recommend the patient to rest in a semi-upright position during the first week to remain more comfortable and allow for easier healing.
Most patients can return to their normal routine or go back to work after the first week. The surgeon will remove the drains and sutures at this time. But the patient should avoid vigorous exercise, bending and lifting of heavy weights for about one month.
Swelling will completely resolve over a few months, and full results of breast lift will gradually establish in this time period. Experienced and sagacious plastic surgeon Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and other neighborhoods and towns in northern Ohio for a breast lift.