Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
It is normal to experience, bruising, swelling, tightness
and some degree of pain for the first few days following surgery.
These conditions will lessen each day. You may also experience
a change in skin and nipple sensation following surgery. In
most cases, this improves within a few weeks after surgery,
but may take longer. Your breasts will continue to soften
for 3-6 months following surgery.
For at least the first week after surgery, try to sleep on
your back, instead of your side. Two pillows to elevate and
support both your head and back will help reduce the swelling.
We want your breasts to stay in the perfect position during
the initial healing process.
At the time of surgery, gauze dressings and Ace wraps will
be applied around the chest. These will be removed 1-2 days
after surgery and will be replaced with a sports bra which
you should wear day and night for 2-3 weeks after surgery.
(You may, of course, remove it for laundering and showering).
You may add additional pads for comfort reasons as needed.
Do not wear an underwire bra for at least 3 weeks. You should
continue to wear the bra at all times for at least 3 weeks
and this includes while sleeping. The supportive garments
help in minimizing scarring.
Have someone drive you home after surgery and to your first
postoperative appointment. You can drive when you are not
taking prescription pain medication (narcotics).
The sutures around the areola are all resorbable sutures that
do not need to be removed. There will be Steristrips that
will be removed 5-7 days after surgery.
may shower once the dressings are removed. Do not take a tub
bath because soaking can cause would healing issues.
Start walking as soon as possible. This will help reduce swelling
and decreases postoperative leg complications. It is important
that you do not engage in strenuous activity for the first
three weeks. Strenuous exercise includes, but not limited
to: jogging, vacuuming, heavy lifting and swimming. Aerobic
exercise can raise your blood pressure which could cause late
bleeding and adversely affect your result. Do not lift your
arms above your head for two weeks and body contact sports
should be avoided for 6-8 weeks. Social and employment activities
can be resumed in 3-10 days.
take at least 1 year to fade completely. During this time,
it is better that you protect them from the sun. Even through
a bathing suit, a good deal of sunlight can reach the skin
and cause damage. It is imperative that you wear a sunscreen
with a skin-protective factor (SPF) of at least 30 at all
times. Massaging the breasts after surgery can help decrease
firmness that may be present. Silicone sheeting can also assist
in reducing incisional scars and will be discussed with you
by Dr. Zahir.