How to speed up your recovery after a Breast Lift?

Breast lift or a Mastopexy is a very popular cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of breasts that have a saggy or drooping appearance. It is an ideal choice for many women, who want to regain their pre-pregnancy figure and to restore a youthful shape to the breast. However, recovery after a breast lift can be challenging at times. So, it is extremely important to follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. 

In this blog post, let us explore different aspects of recovery after a breast lift: from what to avoid post your surgery to tips for a successful recovery. So, let’s get started! 

Simple tips to help you recover after your breast lift procedure: 

Every woman wants to look best but sometimes recovery from a cosmetic surgery can be quite challenging. However, you can help speed up the recovery process by adhering to a few simple things. Here are few tips to help you recover quickly and safely: 

Wear your surgical bra: Surgical bras are specially designed, to promote healing by providing support. You should wear your post-operative compression bra day and night for at least 3 months after your surgery. They not only provide great comfort and support but also assists in healing your body naturally. 

Get Moving: Walking is a great way to get your blood flowing and helping you with post-surgery recovery. It is also a good idea to walk around your house, every few hours to prevent possible blood clots but please make sure that you do not overdo it. 

Keep your incisions dry:For the first 1-2 weeks after surgery, keep the dressings completely dry. Do not completely immerse yourself in water as it would make the dressing wet, resulting in poor healing and infections. Check daily for any signs of infection. It is not recommended that you take a hot bath or go for swimming until your stitches have been completely removed. 

Follow prescribed medication: In order to manage your post operative pain, you will be given a pain relief. So, as prescribed take your pain relief on a regular basis. Also, please ensure that you complete your antibiotic course as prescribed, so that you can further reduce the risk of infection. If you experience any adverse side effects, contact your surgeon immediately. 

Stay healthy and hydrated: To stay healthy and hydrated during the recovery process, drink plenty of water and include fresh fruits as well as vegetables in your daily diet. Also, try to cut down on salt intake and processed foods as they could impede your healing process. 

Maintaining good hydration levels throughout your entire recovery process is vital. Dehydration can cause fatigue, dizziness and other conditions. So, be sure to drink plenty of fluids as they can help flush out toxins and promote healing. 

Wear loose clothes:When you have undergone a surgery, you need to find the right clothes to keep you comfortable and allow you to heal. It is best to prefer Zip-up hoodies and loose-fitting outfits during your recovery period. Also, it is advisable to avoid tight attire that may constrict the chest region. 

Get enough rest:You should remember that your body has just undergone a surgery and needs adequate time to recover, heal and rest. Make sure you have a comfortable area to rest during your recovery period. Getting back to physical activities too soon, can impede healing and can cause further complications. 

Attend all follow-up appointments:Ensure that you stick to your follow-up schedule. The post operative appointment may include suture removal as well as other crucial steps to be followed. Moreover, these appointments provide the surgeon with an opportunity to track your progress and identify any potential complications that might occur at the earliest stage 

These steps will help you heal quickly and reduce your risk of complications. By following these tips, you can be reassured that your recovery goes as smooth as possible. 

What to avoid during your recovery period? 

In order to recover quickly, there are few things that should be avoided. Here is a quick rundown that should be avoided at all costs: 

Avoid hot showers:It is extremely important to avoid hot showers after your breast lift surgery. The heat can cause swelling and irritation, which can lead to complications.  If you must take a shower, make sure the water is lukewarm and that you do not stay in the shower for more than few minutes. Also, avoid scrubbing your incisions. 

Avoid sun exposure:It is very important to avoid sun exposure after your breast lift surgery. The skin on your chest will be very sensitive and susceptible to damage from the sunlight. It is best to keep your chest covered and protected from direct sunlight for at least, the first few weeks after your surgery. If you need to go out, make sure you cover your incisions properly. 

No heavy lifting:It is recommended that you refrain from heavy lifting, vigorous exercises or overstretching your arms for at least 3 to 6 weeks following your surgery. High blood pressure can result from exertion and bleeding can also occur. Also, you should avoid driving for the first 1-2 weeks following surgery. 

Do not rest on your stomach: It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions after breast lift surgery and that includes how you sleep and your sleeping positions. Many women are surprised to learn that they should avoid sleeping on their stomachs. Sleeping on your stomach puts immense pressure on your breasts, which can cause them to become misshapen. 

Additionally, it can put undue strain on your incisions, potentially causing them to open up. So, for the first few weeks after surgery, make sure to sleep on your back.  

Avoid underwire bras:It is recommended to avoid underwire bras for 6 weeks following your surgery. They put unwanted pressure on your breasts and can irritate the incisions spoiling the cosmetic results. 

No smoking:Smoking will slow down your healing process and make you more prone to infections. Smoking damages your blood vessels and makes them more likely to rupture. Also, it will increase the risk of wound breakdown, which can delay healing. So, if you cannot refrain from smoking, talk to your doctor about quitting or find other alternate ways to manage. 

Do not lie flat:Lying flat on your back after a breast lift, can delay healing and cause increased swelling and bruising. Instead, prop yourself up with pillows or sleep in a recliner with your head elevated for the first few weeks after your surgery. This will help, keep the swelling down and make you feel more comfortable. 

When to call for help? 

In case of a medical emergency, the following symptoms should be observed. Call 999 if you experience any of these symptoms: 

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Sudden chest pain 
  • Sudden bleeding  
  • Spike in body temperature 
  • Signs of DVT such as calf pain and swelling 

To wrap up, by following the above-mentioned after-care tips, you will be on your way to restore your youthful appearance. Be sure to give yourself time to heal and do not hesitate to ask for help when needed. With a little bit of care and patience, you can definitely experience amazing results in no time! 

If you have any concerns or questions about your breast lift recovery, be sure to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr Deemesh Oudit. Give us a call on 0161 989 1234 for further information.