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Your Guide to Breast Lift Recovery

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Posted on Sep 20 2022

When it comes to getting older, gravity is not our friend. After weight fluctuations, nursing babies, or just over time, your breasts can lose the perkiness they once had. They can also become noticeably asymmetrical, making it challenging to find proper-fitting bras. Sometimes it's hard to love and appreciate the image you see in the mirror, which can profoundly affect your self-esteem. 

When exercise hasn't been helpful in reshaping your chest, surgical intervention can be warranted. One option is a breast lift, or mastopexy, which can lift and reshape the breasts, giving your body a new and improved look and ultimately giving you more confidence. A breast lift includes removing excess tissue, reshaping the tissue, and elevating the nipple and areola to create an overall rounder, firmer breast shape. 

Doctor Knows Best

It is essential to find an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess your unique anatomy and history to create a personalized plan that fits with what you want to see when you look at your breasts. You should feel comfortable discussing all questions and concerns and expect to receive in-depth answers to ensure you understand the complexities and process of such a surgery. This is key to getting the desired outcome and the results you love

Have Patience

Surgeries are involved procedures for self-improvement. Breast lifts are no different. Because of the trauma to your tissue and the incisions to your skin, it takes time to heal. Recovery is not a one-size-fits-all process; your experience will be as unique as you are. There may also be a wide range of feelings during this time due to the anesthesia wearing off, discomfort, temporary limitations in activity, and physical change in the way you look. Being patient with the journey and understanding your body may progress in a non-linear way will be crucial to recovery.

Take It Easy

After your surgery, you will need someone to drive you home. The aftereffects of the anesthesia may make you a bit nauseous and tired. Your breasts will be sore and swollen, so resting during this initial time is the first step in the healing process. Typically, patients take one to two weeks off work and other demanding physical activities, including childcare or household responsibilities. Trying to do too much or returning to work too quickly can slow the healing and extend the recovery time beyond normal expectations. 

Be Good to Your Skin

After your breast lift, your breasts will be bandaged. Your skin will have sutures, and possibly incision drains. These should be kept in place and kept dry until your surgeon instructs you to remove them or you are seen at the clinic for removal. You should avoid showering and use a sponge bath or bathe in shallow water, avoiding the incision area. Following the detailed aftercare directions and attending any required visits with your surgeon will be imperative to help minimize the risk of infection and complications. 

Food is Medicine

Everything you do can affect your recovery, and your diet is no exception. You can promote the healing process by maintaining a balanced diet and making sure to stay well hydrated. High protein foods, seafood, and foods with high levels of antioxidants can all help in your body's ability to mend itself after surgery. High-fiber foods can help with regular bowel movements, so you don't strain yourself and cause trauma to your incisions. If you are a smoker, it could inhibit healing and increase the risk for infection, so it's important to reduce it or, ideally, stop before the surgery.

Preparation is Everything

When you choose to get a breast lift, preparing before the surgery can alleviate stress and anxiety afterward. Completing tasks such as filling prescriptions, stocking up on groceries, making sure you have comfortable clothing, doing general household chores, and having someone to check in with if you need something can help optimize your recovery. Your focus will need to be on healing in a relaxed, stress-free environment.

Love Yourself

Breast surgery is a significant investment in yourself and will change how you see and feel about your breasts after gravity, nursing babies, or genetics have affected them. Choosing the right surgeon who understands your individual goals is the first step in this self-care process. Learning what to expect from the surgery, the healing time, and what you can do to ensure the best possible recovery is also essential. The results will be worth the wait when you can love your body and feel better about the look of your breasts

Considering a Breast Lift?

Why wait? A new you is just a phone call away. Contact your doctor for a consultation today.

From the initial consultation to the final follow-up exam, Dr. Horn and his staff provides compassionate treatment tailored to the specific needs and goals of each individual. Dr. Horn’s mastery and surgical skill in performing various face and body procedures, his dedication to patients’ safety, combined with his focus on unparalleled care and attention, make him one of the most sought-after surgeons in the Midwest. At his clinic, surgical options are paralleled by an array of non-invasive treatments and advanced technologies designed to help you rediscover your beauty potential.

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