A combination of ageing, gravity, weight loss or pregnancy can cause your breasts to lose their youthful perkiness, resulting in an undesirable shape. This can wreak havoc on your self-esteem and confidence. Breast lift recovery stages are a key part of the recovery process and achieving your dream look.
Breast lift surgery – also known as mastopexy, has helped a significant number of women to attain their preferred breast shape, making them feel more confident about themselves.
A 2021 British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons audit reveals that breast-related surgery was the most performed cosmetic procedure among women in the U.K.
Read on to learn what to expect from breast lift recovery stages and tips to make it through those weeks more comfortably.
What is Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery improves droopiness and sagging in breasts. Because breast lift surgery is significantly common in plastic surgery, medical professionals have developed various techniques for firming up breasts. The ideal approach for you depends on your body type and desired results.
However, regardless of the various approaches, breast lift surgery follows some common steps:
- First, a cut is made around the areola and the breast creases.
- Then, the surgeon lifts and reshapes the breast.
- The areola is then moved to a new position, fitting in well with the new breast shape.
- Next, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat, making the breast firmer and rounder.
- At the end of the procedure, the surgeon stitches the loose skin, taking care to avoid leaving well-concealed scars.
As a result, you get youthful, perky and firm breasts. Not only does the procedure make you feel good about your body, but it also leads to a significant reduction in neck, shoulder and back pain resulting from sagging, bigger-sized breasts.
What to Expect During the Breast Lift Recovery Stages
After undergoing a breast lift, you may feel groggy as the anaesthesia wears off. This reduces as the hours pass by; however, it’s advisable to have a trusted friend or family member for support.
Breast lift recovery is relatively fast; you can resume your life in about six weeks. Here’s what to expect as you recover from the surgery:
Immediately after the surgery, your chest will be bandaged and in a compression bra. In addition, the surgeon might have put some drainage tubes near the incisions on your breasts. You will likely feel some light to moderate pain and discomfort. Take any prescribed painkillers and follow your doctor’s instructions.
Avoid sleeping on your chest or side. Your doctor will also discourage you from showering during the first three days after surgery to prevent infection. Sponge baths are a good alternative.
The discomfort reduces over the subsequent days. Afterwards, you can engage in light exercises like a simple walk. It’s advisable to avoid raising your arms over your head, bending over or carrying heavy loads.
At this point, the pain has eased off. As a result, you can perform normal activities; however, avoiding strenuous tasks and exercise is advisable.
The breast cuts have healed enough for you to take regular showers. However, stay away from baths and swimming pools to reduce the chance of infection.
A month after your surgery, the incisions should be healed. You should be able to start having baths again.
Furthermore, you can resume more of your daily activities. However, avoid strenuous exercises that involve your chest.
After six weeks, your breasts should have healed fully. Then, you can engage in all activities and proceed normally with your life, looking better than before and feeling more confident.
If you’re considering breast lift surgery, book a consultation today to inquire about breast surgery.