Breast Lift Plastic Surgery RecoveryPosted on January 16, 2018
Breast Lift Plastic Surgery
Recovery is an important component of a major cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast lift. During the pre-operative consultation, the breast surgeon will educate the patient on all aspects of breast lift, including the estimated recovery time and provide detailed instructions for a safe and speedy recovery.
The patient should feel free to ask questions and have complete clarity about any precautions to be taken during recovery. She should be prepared to diligently follow the surgeon’s recovery instructions for best results. Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim, provides breast lift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
Recovery is relatively easier and faster when the patient only goes through breast lift, while the time taken may be slightly more if the procedure is combined with breast augmentation plastic surgery. Downtime of about one week may be involved, after which the patient can resume her normal routine or return to work. The actual length of recovery can slightly differ from one patient to another depending on several factors.
Pain and Discomfort
The patient will experience mild pain and discomfort after breast lift procedure. For the first few days, the surgeon may prescribe pain meds to keep her comfortable.
Swelling, bruising, and itching in the incision sites will occur in the early phase of recovery. For the first week, the patient should take plenty of rest at home. But she should take short walks at home and perform light activities to maintain blood flow in the incision areas.
First Few Months
The swelling will take several weeks or months to get completely eliminated. The patient will be able to see full results of breast lift at this point. For the first two or three months, the patient should avoid wearing an underwire bra. Numbness or altered sensation may occur around the nipple area, which will slowly improve on its own.
Some patients may also experience a stinging or tingling sensation in the incision areas during recovery. This can happen when the nerves are in the process of restoration to perform their normal function. The patient should avoid raising hands above the head or performing strenuous activities in the first three to four weeks.
Guidance for Healthy Recovery
The best way for a patient to ensure healthy and speedy recovery after breast lift is to diligently follow the post-op care guidelines of the surgeon. To start with, she should refrain from smoking for a few weeks following the surgery. Smoking can slow down healing and increase the risk of post-operative complications.
The patient should apply cold compresses for the first few days in the incision areas to improve swelling. She should try to sleep in a slightly elevated position during the first week to enable proper healing. Pain medications and antibiotics, if any, should be taken only as prescribed by the surgeon.
Patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive breast lift surgery from experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. David Kim and Dr. Eugene Kim, contact us (310) 271-6996 at or click here.
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