Life After a Breast Lift: What Recovery Looks Like
For many people, once a decision is made, they often stop doing research on it any more. Once you have made the choice to go for a breast lift, you may not spend too much time thinking about anything but how excited you are to see your newly enhanced breasts have a new lease on life! A breast lift can truly be one of the most life-changing experiences you can ever have, but it’s important to know exactly what to expect after your surgery.
Having an accurate expectation of what the first few days, weeks, and even months after your breast lift surgery are going to look like will help you to adequately prepare both physically and emotionally.
What Is a Breast Lift?
While many people are familiar with the term “boob job” or even “breast augmentation”, few people know that there is more than one procedure associated with these all-encompassing terms. A breast lift does exactly what it sounds like: it lifts your breasts! Over time, breasts begin to sag and become unevenly shaped, especially if you experience pregnancy or breastfeeding in your lifetime. Your breasts may be losing their volume and shape, and a breast lift is one way to combat that.
A breast lift (called a mastoplexy) is a surgery that requires the client to be under general aesthetic in a doctor’s office. Your doctor will meet with you for an initial consultation to discuss your desired final outcome and how to best achieve it. Depending on a host of factors including your breast shape and size, how much excess skin you have, and the size and position of your areola your doctor will begin by removing extra skin that causes sagging, and relocate the nipple and areola to a higher location. Your doctor will strategically contour the breast to the desired shape, and once everything is where it should be, stitch up the breast in a way that supports the new position.
What's the Difference Between a Breast Lift and Breast Reduction?
If you are struggling with back, neck, or shoulder issues, a breast reduction may be the answer for you. While a breast lift adds structure and perkiness back to breasts, it will not reduce the size of your breast. If that is your desire, a breast reduction may be the route that you choose; it is possible to do a breast reduction and lift in conjunction with one another to both reduce the size and return your breasts to a non-droopy state.
What Will the First Few Days After a Breast Lift Look Like?
Because the first week is the most intensive time of recovery that requires a lot of rest, it will be helpful to make sure you have help around the house for the first week or so following your surgery. Your doctor will recommend that you purchase a few sports bras that are supportive but not restrictive to support your breasts as they heal.
For the first week or so you will need to plan on bedrest for most of your day. It is helpful to get up and walk around for short periods of time, and this will increase as the week goes on.
Your doctor will instruct you to sleep on your back so as not to put too much pressure on your breasts as they heal. After the first few days, any surgical drains will be removed; swelling and soreness will decrease around days two to five.
Life After a Breast Lift: The Next Few Weeks
You made it through Week One! Many breast lift patients are able to return to work at this point, as long as their jobs are not extremely physically taxing. Be very wary of any activity that is overly strenuous for the first month following your breast lift surgery; this includes sexual activities, working out, and sports, among other things.
Your stiches will be gradually taken out over the next few weeks, starting one week post-operation. You may notice that your nipples and areola areas are less sensitive initially; they should regain full normal sensation within the next few months. If you ever find yourself in serious pain at this point contact your doctor immediately and be on the lookout for any signs of infection.
How Long Do Breast Lifts Last?
If all goes well, you should be enjoying your revitalized breasts for years to come! There is no reason that they would return to a droopy state as long as you take care of your diet and make sure to exercise regularly to keep any extreme fluctuations in your weight at bay. Because a breast lift does not rely only on lifted skin but contours the breast tissue beneath the surface layer, this creates a lift that is around for good.
It's Time For a Breast Lift!
Breast lifts are a great option for anyone who wants to combat gravity’s effects on their plummeting breasts. While the initial stage of recovery can require a bit of forethought and planning, once you have rested up for a week or two you should be ready to don your sassiest gown and show off your newly rejuvenated breasts! Meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon you trust for an initial consultation to discuss your breast lift today!