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Breast Lift Recovery Time: How to Plan for Your Surgery

Breast Lift Recovery Time How to Plan For Your Surgery

Every woman who’s seen her breasts sag, stretch, and droop with time knows the struggle is real. Fortunately, breast lift surgery does repair drooping, stretched-out sagging breasts. Just take a look at some of our breast lift before and after pictures to get an idea of how much this surgery can do for a woman’s figure.

At the same time, many women who are interested in breast lift surgery are often worried about the breast lift recovery time.

Generally speaking, recovery after breast lift surgery can last anywhere from a few days to several months, depending on how you look at it. This can make it difficult to understand breast lift recovery time.

Here’s what we mean:

  • The breast lift surgery recovery time required before you can go back to work is usually just a few days to a week.
  • You’ll need to wait several weeks before you can start up your regular exercise routine.
  • The final shape of your breasts won’t be achieved for several months.
  • It may be a full year before more permanent recovery milestones are achieved (for example, when all your swelling is gone).

See how it can get confusing?

We’d like to make things a bit easier to understand. So, in this article, we’ll attempt to clarify the breast lift recovery timeline.

What Is the Recovery Time for Breast Lift Surgery?

Breast lift recovery week by week varies patient to patient, but the average recovery time for a breast lift procedure (how long it takes to see your breasts’ final shape) is around six to 12 weeks. However, after just one or two weeks, you’ll be able to return to at least some of your normal activities.

When Can I Return to Work?

Most breast lift patients should be able to return to work after three to seven days in recovery after their surgical procedure. If you have a more strenuous job, you’ll want to take more time off.

When Can I Exercise Again?

You’ll need to wait at least three weeks before doing any sort of strenuous physical activity. However, before this time, you should also be walking every day. Frequent ambulation (movement) is good for ensuring proper circulation throughout your recovery. As you get stronger, you can lengthen your walks and intensify your exercise. To get a full picture of your breast lift recovery day by day, make sure to talk to your surgeon who will walk you through everything you need to know.

Breast Lift Recovery Tips

Eat a healthy diet

Consume a healthy diet of lean meats, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. In addition, drink plenty of water to help flush out excess fluid buildup.

Don’t strain or stretch

One of the most common reasons for post-breast lift complications is straining or stretching too much with your upper body. This may cause your incisions to open up, which is an immediate concern and will mean an urgent call to your surgeon.

Alternatively, too much stretching or straining could also cause poor healing of your breast lift scars. This means the breast lift scars would appear unnecessarily large and more raised and noticeable than they should be.

Wear your compression garments

Dr. Smita will tell you what garments you’ll need to wear after surgery and how to situate them. Be sure to follow these directions closely as compression garments can be very effective at ensuring good results after your breast lift.

Communicate with Dr. Smita

You’ll have several follow-up appointments with Dr. Smita to discuss your recovery progress and assess your breast lift results. Make sure you bring up any questions or concerns you may have at these appointments. If you notice anything out of the ordinary or if you have any worrying symptoms, contact Dr. Smita’s office as soon as possible.

Rest and relax

It’s best not to spend your initial breast lift recovery time off work in a state of stress and anxiety. The healing process takes time, so don’t push yourself too hard. Find activities you enjoy. Spend time with family and friends. And most of all, try to relax mentally and physically.

Questions and Answers

Breast Lift RecoveryHow painful is breast lift recovery?

Expect discomfort and red/pink incisions for a few months after a breast lift. Numbness in nipples, areolae, and breast skin may persist for around six weeks. Follow your healthcare provider’s guidance for pain relief in the initial days post-surgery.

How long does it take for breasts to look normal after a breast lift?

Swelling and fluid retention may alter the appearance temporarily. However, anticipate your final breast shape to stabilize within 6 to 12 weeks post-surgery.

Can I go braless after a breast lift?

Patients can transition to a sports bra after a few weeks. If recovery progresses smoothly, short periods of going braless may begin around six weeks. However, regular braless activity isn’t recommended, and supportive garments, especially during exercise, should still be worn.

How long does it take for nipples to heal after breast lift surgery?

Incisions on the areolae and breast skin around your nipples should begin to close up after one to two weeks. After six to 12 weeks, your breast skin should be fully healed so that you can see the new shape completely.

How much does a breast lift cost?

Everyone has different needs and wants so it is not possible to give an exact answer to the cost of a breast lift.  You will need to set up a personal consultation in order to discuss this and understand what is best for your individual case.

What is a good breast lift recovery time exercise?

Taking short periodic walks is recommended throughout your recovery period. In fact, you should start these walks right away to ensure good circulation throughout the healing process.

You’ll need to wait about three weeks before you can start any sort of strenuous physical activities. Once this time has elapsed, go slow at first, and build upon your progress.

What is the recovery time for breast implant removal and lift?

If you are getting a breast lift along with breast implant removal, your recovery may be more involved. Overall, your recovery timeline will look similar to recovery after a breast lift only, but you may have a bit more soreness and swelling as your breasts adjust after surgery. Make sure to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and wear your surgical bra after surgery as your surgeon instructs you to do..

What is the breast lift with breast augmentation recovery time?

A breast lift with augmentation is a more involved surgery when compared to a breast lift alone. Expect more swelling, bruising, and overall discomfort during the initial recovery period. However, overall, your recovery timeline should be similar to a simple breast lift surgery.

What is the recovery time for tummy tuck and breast lift surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery and breast lift surgery may be combined in what is called “mommy makeover” surgery. Mommy makeover recovery times vary, depending on the total number of procedures being performed, the extent of surgery, and the overall health of the patient. Most mommy makeover recovery times range from two to four weeks for the initial healing period.

How does a breast lift work?

In a breast lift, excess skin is removed, and breast tissue is reshaped to elevate the breasts and nipples. Incisions may encircle the areolae, extend downward to breast creases, and run horizontally along the creases. While a bread reduction focuses on reducing the size of the breast (while also including a lift), a breast lift focuses primarily on lifting the breast up to create a more youthful appearance while reshaping the breast tissue.

Set Up a Consultation With Dr. Smita Ramanadham

Want to learn more about breast lift surgery, mastopexy recovery week by week, breast lift before and after photos, and other options for improving your breasts’ appearance? Contact our office today to schedule your consultation appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham.


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