To achieve complete success and satisfaction in a cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast lift, recovery will play an important role. The surgeon will provide detailed instructions and advice for recovery, and the patient should do their best to follow those instructions diligently.
Dr. Farah Naz Khan is a board certified female plastic surgeon providing state of the art surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Khan will discuss all aspects of the recovery during the initial consultation. She provides breast lift to patients in Dallas, Texas and surrounding locations.
Initial Two Weeks
During the first week after breast lift cosmetic surgery, the post-operative bruising and swelling will be more pronounced. The surgeon may prescribe pain meds to keep the patient comfortable. The symptoms will improve fast from the second week, but swelling will go away gradually over a few months.
The patient should avoid sleeping on her stomach in the first two weeks. Until the sutures are removed, she may be asked to take only sponge baths. She will be required to wear a surgical bra for several weeks, which will support healing. After the first week, the sutures and drains are removed for most patients.
At this time, the patient may be ready to return to regular routine at home or go back to work. But heavy lifting of weights, bending over, and strenuous exercises must be avoided for the first month so that the chest does not receive extra pressure. Smoking must be avoided for at least the first few weeks of recovery.
The patient should visit the surgeon for follow-up appointments as scheduled. If she finds any abnormal pain, swelling or other signs, she should contact the surgeon promptly. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas and nearby areas.
Initial Few Months
Bruising will be completely resolved in about six weeks, and the swelling may take even more time to completely disappear. Full results of breast lift will become visible thereafter. Wearing an underwire bra should be avoided for the first month or more. Some women will experience mild numbness in the area around the nipples, which will go away in about two to three months.
Tingling or stinging sensation in the incision areas may occur in some patients during the recovery period. This might happen when the nerves are getting restored to perform their normal function. Raising the hands over the head and lifting heavy weights should be avoided in the first month.
Breast Lift Scars
Scarring will be more pronounced in the first few months, and the scars may appear red and lumpy. With the passage of time, they will fade into thin white lines, but scars will not be entirely eliminated. Cortisone cream and silicone sheeting may be applied in consultation with the surgeon to minimize scars.
Women who choose to undergo breast lift surgery should preferably not have plans for more children because pregnancy can cause the breasts to sag further. An active lifestyle should be maintained to enjoy the results for a longer period of time.