One of the most common questions women who undergo a breast-lift procedure have is, “What’s the recovery process like?” The recovery process varies from patient to patient and it is important to be prepared for it.

What Is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, which is also referred to as mastopexy, is a procedure in which excess sagging skin tissue is trimmed away from the breasts. The breasts are reshaped during this procedure, which leaves the patient with perkier, firmer breasts.

This procedure can be done on its own or with other procedures like a breast augmentation with implants.

Before the Breast Lift

You should stop smoking at least two weeks prior to the surgery. You should also stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or other NSAIDs before your procedure, since these can increase the risk of bleeding. During your consultation, tell Dr. McMahan about your medical history and any medications you take.

Immediately After the Surgery

After your breast-lift surgery, Dr. McMahan will place bandages over the incisions. You will most likely experience mild to moderate pain following surgery; however, Dr. McMahan will prescribe the appropriate medication to help you deal with the pain.

You will also be given a medical bra to help reduce swelling. You will need to wear the bra for a time after the surgery; talk to Dr. McMahan about how long you should wear it for.

The knowledgeable and experienced staff at the office of Dr. McMahan will tend to you for a few hours after surgery. After a few hours, you should be able to head home with a family member or caregiver to start your healing process.

Days Following the Surgery

During the first few days following surgery, you will probably experience bruising, swelling, and tightness in the chest area. This is very common and nothing to worry about. Take your medications as prescribed by Dr. McMahan, as they will help reduce discomfort and pain.

Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing that can be buttoned and is easy to get on and off, so you don’t have to raise your arms.

It is important to rest as much as possible during the first few days of recovery. You should consume ample amounts of water after your procedure and avoid any strenuous activities, bending, and/or heavy lifting.

You should be able to shower two to three days after having a breast lift; be sure to keep your incisions covered so they do not get wet.

The Following Weeks

Avoid upper-body exercises for two to three weeks after surgery. You should be able to return to work about two weeks after your surgery; however, you should talk to Dr. McMahan before you resume your normal routine.

It is important to attend your follow-up appointments with Dr. McMahan to ensure that the healing process is going smoothly. By now, bruising and swelling around your breasts should have subsided, and you can stop using compression garments/surgical bra and resume wearing your regular bra.

After five to six weeks, you should start to feel completely normal again. Most patients who undergo a breast lift will recover completely within six weeks.

Learn More About Breast-Lift Recovery

If you have any questions about the recovery process for a breast-lift procedure, contact the office of Dr. James McMahan today. Dr. McMahan, a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, will be happy to answer any questions you may have.