After your breast lift surgery

You're likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery. Your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a day or two. Your doctor can control most discomforts with painkillers or other medication. You will be released from the clinic the following morning. Before you leave, the bandages will be changed.

For several days it is recommended to avoid physical strain. Within a few days, the bandages or surgical bra will be replaced by a soft support bra. You should wear it as directed by your surgeon. The stitches are removed approximately a week after the surgery.

Breast lift recovery

Healing is a gradual process. Although you may be up and about in a day or two, don't plan on returning to work for a week or more, depending on how you feel. Avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks. Healing may be supported by a biostimulation laser or with various creams and gels; we recommend DermatixSiGel (applied twice a day, the treatment starts when stitches are removed), silicone strips (to strengthen and moisturize the scar). The healing process may be also supported by Wobenzym. Some clinics offer the patients these products within the post-operative treatment.

If you have any unusual symptoms, don't hesitate to call your surgeon. You may resume routine activities after 7 to 10 days. Physical exercises are not recommended earlier than six weeks after the procedure. For a six-month period, regular check-ups at a mammary clinic are recommended.

Swelling and bruising of your breasts may take three to five weeks to disappear. You should be able to return to work within a few days, depending on the level of activity required for your job.

Your breasts will probably be sensitive to direct stimulation for two to three weeks, so you should avoid too much physical contact. After that, breast contact is fine once your breasts are no longer sore, usually three to four weeks after surgery. If your breast skin is very dry following surgery, you can apply a moisturizer several times a day.

Your scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks. Then they may remain the same size for several months, or even appear to widen. After several months, your scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely.

You should see your surgeon any time your breast shape changes, when the consistency changes (your breast becomes hard) or any inflammation appears.

If you become pregnant, the operation should not affect your ability to breast-feed, since your milk ducts and nipples will be left intact.

Updated: 2009-03-30

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