Recovery Time Frame After Breast Lift Surgery



Lubbock women have several plastic surgery options to make changes to their breasts. A mastopexy, or breast lift, raises sagging breast tissue, lifts the nipple to a more outward position, and takes away excess skin. A breast lift can give your breasts a younger appearance and help with asymmetry.  With all surgery, pain tolerance and recovery times will vary from patient to patient. It is always important to consult with your doctor before any procedure is done to understand exactly what the procedure can or cannot do and what the expected recovery will be.


The First Few Weeks

For the first two to three weeks following breast lift surgery, patients can usually expect to bruise, swell, and have postoperative pain. Incisions will feel sore and nipples may be numb. Numbness is normal. If pain management is difficult or you have any concerns about your recovery, contact your doctor.


The first few weeks after surgery is a critical time to give your body opportunity to heal from surgery for the best results of your breast lift. As you start to feel better, you can ease yourself back into some of your usual routine. There are some things you can do to help your recovery be successful:


  • Wear a compression bra for the recommended amount of time
  • Stay elevated at a 25 to 45-degree angle, even when sleeping
  • Don’t sleep on your stomach
  • Avoid any activity that involves lifting, bending, or straining


The First Few Months

It may take a month or two before all swelling is gone and you start to see the final results or you breast lift. Be patient with your body. You should be able to resume normal activity 4-6 weeks after your surgery. It’s important not to overestimate how good you are feeling too soon after your surgery and jump back into your daily routine too quickly. Remember your body needs time to heal properly, so give yourself permission to slow down and take it easy. Numbness in nipples is usually gone in the first couple of months after surgery. Scars will continue to fade over the next 12 months.


Some patients will combine a breast lift with liposuction or tummy tuck for a mommy makeover. You can also have a breast lift with implants. A combination of procedures done at the same time requires a little longer recovery time. Discuss with your doctor what options are best for you. Dr. Jane Rowley is a board certified plastic surgeon with 20 years experience helping Lubbock patients achieve their aesthetic goals. She takes the time to discuss your goals thoroughly, explains the procedure, and give a clear expectation of what is involved with your expected recovery. You know you are in good hands at Rowley Plastic Surgery.

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