Every breast lift patient’s recovery experience is unique, depending on their health, age, the scope of their surgical plan and other factors. Despite these differences, there is a universal set of do’s and don’ts that every patient should follow after breast lift. These instructions are essential to a quick and smooth recovery.
Read on as the team at The Plastic Surgery Center reveals the most important do’s and don’ts for breast lift recovery.
Breast Lift Do’s
Do wear your supportive compression bra after surgery until your plastic surgeon advises you to remove it. The support bra, which is similar to an athletic bra, puts gentle pressure on the healing breasts to minimize swelling.
Do keep your incisions clean, dry and properly bandaged according to your plastic surgeon’s instructions. You might need to avoid showering and take sponge baths for a few days to keep the incisions dry.
Do take adequate time off work to recover. Most women take about a week off before going back to the office.
Do take short, slow walks as soon as you feel ready. Moving around decreases the risk of blood clots and can help dissipate swelling.
Do limit your salt intake to minimize swelling, and stay well hydrated. Hydration is good for your energy levels and preventing constipation after surgery.
Do inquire about scar management. Your plastic surgeon may recommend scar massage techniques or products to help accelerate scar healing.
Breast Lift Don’ts
Don’t sleep on your stomach or sides, because it will put too much pressure on your healing breasts. Prop yourself up on pillows or sleep in a recliner.
Don’t lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk (including your children), as you could strain your healing breasts and cause swelling. Along the same lines, don’t push anything heavy, like a stroller or a large grocery cart.
Don’t smoke after surgery, as it can interfere with your body’s ability to heal.
Don’t drink alcohol for a few weeks after surgery; it can cause dehydration and fluid retention.
Don’t worry if you experience a wide range of emotions during your recovery. Many patients describe “ups and downs” during the initial recovery, which may be due to the anesthesia medications wearing off, lack of sleep, activity restrictions or discomfort. If you start to feel down, redirect your thoughts to the final outcome and how great you will look and feel.
Schedule a Breast Lift Consultation
If you have questions about the do’s or don’ts mentioned in this post, our plastic surgeons are happy to help. Call or email The Plastic Surgery Center today to speak with our team.