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Breast lift recovery advice and tips

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Female breasts tend to drop with age, and can often be a source of insecurity for some women, impacting confidence and self-esteem. A breast lift, often known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape and raise sagging breasts, resulting in a more youthful, firmer appearance. Following your procedure, a smooth recovery process is important in achieving the best results.

Read our recovery advice and tips on recovering from your breast uplift procedure. We also provide guidance on what to expect following your surgery.

How long does it take to recover from breast lift surgery?

Recovery from a breast lift varies by individual, however there are some general phases you need to be aware of. Read our breast lift recovery timeline here to find out more. Knowing what to expect and how to take care of yourself during recovery can help you navigate this period with ease. Elena Prousskaia prioritises post-operative care, ensuring that your recovery is on track every step of the way.

At four to eight weeks, you will typically be able to get your dressings off and will be able to go back to activities such as driving. You’ll have a follow-up appointment at 1, 4 and 12 weeks, after 12 weeks, you will be mostly healed. However, heavy lifting should be avoided for 8-12 months after surgery. After one year, your scars should be fully healed. It is important to take expert advice on taking care of yourself following your breast uplift surgery for optimal results.

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Expert tips for ensuring a smooth recovery

Follow your surgeon’s advice

Avoid rushing straight back into your previous lifestyle following your procedure, as this will only cause unnecessary discomfort and may slow down the healing process. Ensure you talk to your surgeon about your lifestyle and the nature of your job, particularly if it involves strenuous activity. Adhering to the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon, such as wearing a surgical bra or recommended lifestyle tips, will significantly influence your recovery outcomes. Attending your follow-up appointment and keeping a close eye on your side effects is also crucial during your recovery phase.

Manage pain and discomfort with the recommended pain medication

Use the prescribed medications or paracetamol to manage pain and discomfort, and ensure you keep track of your pain levels and any side effects. If discomfort significantly worsens over time, it is important to consult with your consultant plastic surgeon. Read our guide What is breast lift pain like? to find out more. Understand the possible breast lift complications for peace of mind.

Invest in a pillow designed for back sleeping

You shouldn’t sleep on your side for at least 6-8 weeks after surgery – sleeping on your side can put unnecessary pressure on your healing breast tissue and incisions, slowing down your recovery process. If it isn’t typical, you’ll need to find a comfortable solution to back sleeping. Most patients are glad to invest in an ergonomic pillow designed for sleeping on your back.

Maintain a healthy diet

Eating well helps the body heal. Focus on a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals that promote wound healing. Keeping hydrated is also crucial for a smooth recovery, helping to flush out toxins and reduce swelling. Dietary protein is also crucial for recovery.

Long-term care and maintenance advice

Once you have passed the initial recovery phase, maintaining the health of your skin and the shape of your breasts becomes important. Following a breast lift procedure, scar tissue provides less protection against UV light, and sun exposure can cause an unwanted darkening of scar tissue. Moreover, scars can burn more easily. It is therefore advisable to avoid sun exposure for several months or use the maximum factor sun cream (spf 50+) on your breasts to protect your skin. Your scars will be vulnerable to sun damage for up to a year.

Additionally, maintaining a stable weight and regular exercise can help you to keep your results for longer. Significant weight gain or weight loss can impact the results of a breast lift, so make healthy diet and lifestyle habits that you can stick to.

Read our guide to everything you need to know about breast lift procedures here.

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What are the benefits of choosing Elena Prousskaia?

Elena Prousskaia is one of the most skilled female plastic surgeons in the UK. She is highly recommended for several reasons:

Years of expertise and experience

With years of specialised training and a robust track record in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, Elena provides exceptional surgical outcomes.

Personalised care

Elena’s approach to patient care is highly personalised. She ensures that all her patients feel supported from the initial consultation and also supports them throughout the recovery process.

State-of-the-art facilities

Her clinics are equipped with the latest technology, ensuring that all procedures are performed to the highest standards of safety and precision.

Commitment to excellence

Elena’s commitment to patient satisfaction and her meticulous attention to detail ensure that the results meet the expectations of her patients.

Find out more about the benefits of choosing Elena Prousskaia here.

Contact Elena Prosskaia

Choosing to undergo a breast lift is a significant decision that requires careful consideration, particularly regarding the recovery process. By following the outlined advice and opting for a skilled specialist plastic surgeon like Elena Prousskaia, you can ensure a recovery that is as smooth and comfortable as possible, leading to satisfactory and lasting results.

Find out more information or schedule a consultation here.

Frequently asked questions

What are the factors that can affect breast reconstruction recovery time?

Factors such as your diet, lifestyle and taking the recommended medication can all impact how quickly you recover from a breast lift procedure. Mature adults or those with underlying medical conditions should speak to their plastic surgeon about possible recovery complications.

How soon can you return to work after a breast lift surgery?

We recommend taking 4 weeks off work to recover from the breast lift surgery although this may depend on your job role and whether you can work remotely. It is important to talk to your surgeon about the nature of your job and your lifestyle.

What are the signs of infection to watch for during breast lift recovery?

Although rare, it is still important to look out for signs of infection. Signs of an infection are severe pain, rapidly expanding swelling, and pus drainage from the incision. If you have a fever along with your symptoms, this can also be a sign of an infection and requires immediate attention. Read more about what to expect following a breast lift procedure here.

Are there any specific dietary restrictions during breast lift recovery?

It is recommended to eat nutrient-rich foods following your procedure and avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

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