Breast Lift Recovery Guide and Tips

breast lift recovery

Your Breast Lift Recovery (mastopexy or mastopexy surgery) is based on several factors, including your personal pain threshold and whether or not your breast lift was done as a stand-alone procedure. Your breast lift recovery may be more involved, for example, if you had other plastic surgery procedures such as augmentation with breast implants, breast lift with auto augmentation or breast reduction performed at the same time as your breast lift. Your surgeon should go over the specific details of your breast lift surgery and recovery with you during your consultation visit and your preoperative appointments.

A Breast Lift is a medical procedure that lifts and reshapes breasts that have lost their shape and firmness as the result of aging, pregnancy, or nursing

There are many steps you can take both pre- and post-op to help manage your recovery and minimise your breast lift risks. Take some time to familiarise yourself with them and discuss them with your surgeon prior to surgery.

Incision Care During Your Breast Lift Recovery

Dressings or bandages will be applied to your breast lift incisions. Keeping these incisions dry until they have closed is important.

You will need to see your surgeon a few days after your breast lift to change your surgical dressings and possibly remove any stitches. If drains — small, thin tubes that collect any excess blood or fluid — were used, your surgeon will remove them during this same visit.

You will also likely be told to wear a compression garment after your breast lift. During your first postoperative visit, your surgeon will instruct you on when to start wearing a soft, supportive bra instead of the compression garment.

Swelling and Bruising

In general, expect swollen and bruised breasts after your surgery.

You may be swollen for up to three to four months. What helps? Compression garment or support bra is recommended as it can reduce swelling and support your breasts during your breast lift recovery. If your breast swelling lingers, consider increasing your fluid intake, consuming less salt and engaging in regular exercise such as walking.

Ask your surgeon what he or she recommends to help minimize bruising. Some homeopathic products such as Arnica montana or bromelain may help reduce both swelling and bruising. Gently applying warm compresses to your breasts may also be helpful. Read our post on supplement to take pre-post surgery to speed up recovery

Does It Hurt?

Most women do report some initial discomfort after breast lift surgery. Your surgeon can prescribe painkillers to help relieve any pain you may feel. Do not take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen after surgery as these drugs increase bleeding risk. You may also experience a temporary loss of sensation in your breasts.

Activity Restrictions During Breast Lift Recovery

Walk around as soon as possible after your breast lift. Early ambulation helps reduce the risk of developing blood clots. That said, do not bend or lift any heavy objects (including your children or pets!) until your doctor tells you it is safe to do so.

You can usually return to work within a week, but this may take longer if you have a physically-demanding job. Most women can resume all normal activities within a few weeks after breast lift surgery, including exercise.

Personal Hygiene

Sponge baths may be necessary until your incisions are closed, and your stitches are removed. These days the surgeons will apply waterproof bandages, allowing you to shower as normal. You may not be able to wash your hair for a while because you won’t be permitted to raise your hands above your head. If you must wash your hair, ask for assistance.

Scar Care

Breast lift surgery will involve scars. The scar patterns vary based on the type of breast lift surgery that you choose.

Individual scar-minimizing products may help scars fade. These include silicone sheeting, topical silicone gels and creams and surgical tape. If you have a history of developing problematic scars, discuss these options with your surgeon in advance. It usually takes about six months for your breast lift scars to fade.

Sleeping Tips for Recovery

During your initial breast lift recovery, sleeping may be challenging. Try propping up your back and head with two or three fluffy pillows, or a specially-designed wedge-shaped pillow available at most surgical supply stores. This elevation of your upper body can help reduce swelling and pain.

Additionally, a pillow placed under your knees can prevent you from rolling over onto your chest during the night. Some women put pillows alongside them to create a recovery “nest” of sorts for the same reason.

Breast Lift Aftercare Instructions

An important aspect of your breast lift recovery is caring for your healing breasts. Your surgeon should give you specific instructions on what topical medications to apply to your breasts and the oral medications you can take, such as analgesics and antibiotics, to reduce your risk of postsurgical pain and infection.

It is important to monitor your temperature and take your prescribed antibiotics as directed throughout your breast lift recovery. Taking your temperature regularly can help identify an infection in its earliest stages, should one occur.

Your surgeon will also discuss the step-down plan for supportive garments with you. He or she will also let you know when you can start wearing regular and underwire bras again. Jumping the gun on this could result in complications.

Make sure you are clear about everything that is expected of you during your breast lift recovery. Following your surgeon’s instructions carefully will help minimise your risk of complications.

Breast Lift Recovery: What to Have on Hand

Planning ahead for your breast lift recovery can make life much simpler. Since your physical activities will be restricted during recovery, it’s a good time to pamper yourself and catch up on things you haven’t had time to enjoy lately.

Stockpile movies or pre-recorded programs you’ve meant to watch, or novels and magazines that have been piling up; all will keep your mind occupied as your body heals. A fully-charged iPod, cell phone and laptop can also help you pass time and stay connected during your breast lift recovery.

Recovery can be a challenging time both physically and emotionally. Consider asking friends or family members to call or drop by, but keep in mind that it may be best to schedule these visits several days or more after your surgery. This will give you time to get past the lingering effects of the anesthesia you received and closer to feeling normal again.

Before surgery, stock your refrigerator with healthy recovery foods, including pre-made meals, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lots of caffeine-free beverages and water. It’s best to avoid processed foods, which are often high in sodium that can contribute to fluid retention and swelling. Staying well hydrated will not only help your body heal, but it will also flush out residual anesthesia and medications from your system.

As you heal, your arms will have a limited range of motion, so store all the supplies you’ll need during recovery where they’re easily accessible (that is to say, at counter level, not in overhead or very low cabinets). Remember: no heavy lifting or high reaching until your surgeon clears you!

Finally, be sure to fill any prescriptions from your surgeon beforehand so they are waiting for you after your surgery. A little forethought can go a long way toward making your breast lift recovery as smooth as possible.

 

Smart Liposuction Recovery

smart liposuction recovery

SMART LIPOSUCTION RECOVERY

SmartLipo Laser Liposuction is a new, innovative laser-assisted procedure that can be used alone, or in combination with tumescent liposuction, to achieve superior results when combining fat removal with skin tightening.

Like tumescent liposuction, SmartLipo removes fat through a cannula inserted into small openings in the skin. However, with SmartLipo, a laser is used to first melt the fat, helping with extraction and resulting in less swelling and bruising for faster recovery. In addition to melting pockets of fat, the laser energy also induces collagen growth while tightening lax skin.

SmartLipo is a minimally invasive treatment that only requires local anesthesia—enhancing client safety and reducing the likelihood of side effects. Typically only one short treatment session is needed, enabling you to get back to a normal schedule quickly.

Those “love handles,” “bat wings,” “muffin tops,” “saddlebags” and jowls that don’t respond to exercise and diet? They improve dramatically with greater results, minimal downtime, and less pain than traditional liposuction. Because Smartlipo actually tightens the skin through coagulation, you don’t have to worry about dimpling and sagging.

Here’s how it works
Local anesthesia is used (you’re awake during the procedure)
A tiny incision is made, about the size of the tip of a pen
The Smartlipo laser fiber is inserted through a very small tube into your body The laser ruptures the fat cell membranes The fat cells are permanently destroyed The liquefied fat is gently suctioned out
New collagen is produced resulting in coagulation of skin, resulting in tightening
Typically, only one treatment is required dependent on the number of areas to be treated.

Results may vary, but usually can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over three to six months.After Smart Liposuction

After Laser Liposuction

Recovering from laser-assisted liposuction has proven to be easier than recovering from traditional liposuction procedures. For one thing, there are no stitches to deal with. Because the surgeon’s incision is so small, no stitches are needed to close the skin. Many people will feel a bit sore after their procedure, but so far studies have found no risk of any serious side effects. Because the laser closes off small blood vessels as it moves under the skin, there is less chance of bleeding, swelling and bruising than with conventional liposuction.

Some nutritional supplements help speed wound healing while others reduce bruising, swelling, and discomfort such as pain and itch. Others are recommended to prepare your body for the intense experience and increase resilience. We have done a blog post on those that are benificial to your recovery after Laser Liposuction here

Within a day after surgery, most patients can slowly resume their normal activities although doctors advise that they avoid strenuous exercise or hot tubs for about two weeks. Wearing special compression garments for a week or two after the procedure can speed healing. These close-fitting elastic garments can also reduce swelling.

Most people start seeing results within a week after the procedure, but it can take up to a full six months to achieve the final look. In the majority of cases, people need only one laser-assisted liposuction treatment to see results. However, some go back for minor touch-ups. It is possible to retreat the same areas, but patients need to wait at least four months between procedures. Laser-assisted liposuction also can be done before or after regular liposuction to hit hard-to-reach areas.

Laser-Assisted Lipo vs. Conventional Lipo

Conventional liposuction can remove more fat from larger areas than laser-assisted liposuction, but it does have a greater number of potential complications. This table shows how the two techniques stack up:[/fusion_text]

Laser Liposuction Traditional Liposuction
Uses Small areas of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise, and loose skin Larger areas of fat (but it won’t fix the bagginess of loose skin):
IAreas Treated Face, jowls, neck, arms, loose skin, male breasts, Abdomen, Hips and Thighs Thighs, abdomen, buttocks, hips, male breasts
Anesthesia Local anesthesia Local, epidural or general anesthesia:
Complications Soreness, minor bruising Bleeding, bruising, infection, dimpling or rippling under the skin if too much or too little fat is removed, blood clots, fluid accumulation, swelling, nerve damage
Recovery Minor discomfort. Patients can go back to work within one or two days, but need to avoid strenuous exercise for about two weeks. Pain, soreness, or burning for a few days to a couple of weeks after surgery. Swelling continues for four to six weeks. The doctor will remove stitches or they will dissolve after about 10 days. Patients need to avoid exercise and strenuous activity for about a month.
Cost Australia $1200 per areaThailand 1st area $3000
Additional areas $900 each
Australia $2000 per areaThailand 1st Area $2200
Additional Areas $750

Smart Liposuction Recovery

SMART LIPOSUCTION RECOVERY GUIDE

SmartLipo Laser Liposuction  is a new, innovative laser-assisted procedure that can be used alone, or in combination with tumescent liposuction, to achieve superior results when combining fat removal with skin tightening.

Like tumescent liposuction, SmartLipo removes fat through a cannula inserted into small openings in the skin. However, with SmartLipo, a laser is used to first melt the fat, helping with extraction and resulting in less swelling and bruising for faster recovery. In addition to melting pockets of fat, the laser energy also induces collagen growth while tightening lax skin.

SmartLipo is a minimally invasive treatment that only requires local anesthesia—enhancing client safety and reducing the likelihood of side effects. Typically only one short treatment session is needed, enabling you to get back to a normal schedule quickly.

Those “love handles,” “bat wings,” “muffin tops,” “saddlebags” and jowls that don’t respond to exercise and diet? They improve dramatically with greater results, minimal downtime, and less pain than traditional liposuction. Because Smartlipo actually tightens the skin through coagulation, you don’t have to worry about dimpling and sagging.

Here’s how it works
Local anesthesia is used (you’re awake during the procedure)
A tiny incision is made, about the size of the tip of a pen
The Smartlipo laser fiber is inserted through a very small tube into your body
The laser ruptures the fat cell membranes
The fat cells are permanently destroyed
The liquefied fat is gently suctioned out
New collagen is produced resulting in coagulation of skin, resulting in tightening
Typically, only one treatment is required dependent on the number of areas to be treated.

Results may vary, but usually can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over three to six months.After Smart Liposuction

After Laser Liposuction

Recovering from laser-assisted liposuction has proven to be easier than recovering from traditional liposuction procedures. For one thing, there are no stitches to deal with. Because the surgeon’s incision is so small, no stitches are needed to close the skin. Many people will feel a bit sore after their procedure, but so far studies have found no risk of any serious side effects. Because the laser closes off small blood vessels as it moves under the skin, there is less chance of bleeding, swelling and bruising than with conventional liposuction.

Some nutritional supplements help speed wound healing while others reduce bruising, swelling, and discomfort such as pain and itch. Others are recommended to prepare your body for the intense experience and increase resilience. We have done a blog post on those that are benificial to your recovery after Laser Liposuction here

Within a day after surgery, most patients can slowly resume their normal activities although doctors advise that they avoid strenuous exercise or hot tubs for about two weeks. Wearing special compression garments for a week or two after the procedure can speed healing. These close-fitting elastic garments can also reduce swelling.

Most people start seeing results within a week after the procedure, but it can take up to a full six months to achieve the final look. In the majority of cases, people need only one laser-assisted liposuction treatment to see results. However, some go back for minor touch-ups. It is possible to retreat the same areas, but patients need to wait at least four months between procedures. Laser-assisted liposuction also can be done before or after regular liposuction to hit hard-to-reach areas.

Laser-Assisted Lipo vs. Conventional Lipo

Conventional liposuction can remove more fat from larger areas than laser-assisted liposuction, but it does have a greater number of potential complications. This table shows how the two techniques stack up:[/fusion_text]

Laser Liposuction Traditional Liposuction
Uses Small areas of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise, and loose skin Larger areas of fat (but it won’t fix the bagginess of loose skin):
IAreas Treated Face, jowls, neck, arms, loose skin, male breasts, Abdomen, Hips and Thighs Thighs, abdomen, buttocks, hips, male breasts
Anesthesia Local anesthesia Local, epidural or general anesthesia:
Complications Soreness, minor bruising Bleeding, bruising, infection, dimpling or rippling under the skin if too much or too little fat is removed, blood clots, fluid accumulation, swelling, nerve damage
Recovery Minor discomfort. Patients can go back to work within one or two days, but need to avoid strenuous exercise for about two weeks. Pain, soreness, or burning for a few days to a couple of weeks after surgery. Swelling continues for four to six weeks. The doctor will remove stitches or they will dissolve after about 10 days. Patients need to avoid exercise and strenuous activity for about a month.
Cost Australia $1200 per areaThailand 1st area $3000
Additional areas $900 each
Australia $2000 per areaThailand 1st Area $2200
Additional Areas $750
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Plastic Surgery Recovery

Plastic Surgery Recovery

Promote Plastic Surgery Recovery With Supplements

Plastic Surgery of any kind can be painful and hard process to go through. Luckily, there are certain supplements that can be taken before and after the procedure to prepare your body for the intricate process of repairing itself.

Some nutritional supplements help speed wound healing while others reduce bruising, swelling, and discomfort such as pain and itch. Others are recommended to prepare your body for the intense experience and increase resilience.

Optimizing your post-surgical diet by eating healthy foods and taking supplements also improves the immune response and prevents wound infections, sepsis (blood poisoning), and other possible complications.

You must also be aware of Herbs, Supplements and Medications to Avoid prior to surgery

More people take some multi-vitamin or herbal supplement, but very few think to disclose their vitamins to their doctor and anesthesiologist prior to their surgery. After all, they’re just vitamins; they don’t count as a medication right? Wrong!

You may not have given much thought to this but herbs, and products that contain them, are packaged as nutritional supplements and will not provide warnings, dosage information or suggested usage instructions. As a result, many people incorrectly assume that a “natural” medicines are inherently safer than a pharmaceutical drug.

This is not only untrue; it’s an assumption that can be dangerous if a person is facing any surgery, whether it’s plastic surgery or not. Many people are planning plastic surgery fail to disclose their herbal supplement use out of fear of being ridiculed by their doctor. (Who would think that licorice could be dangerous?)The fact is, your doctors want and need to know what you are taking to ensure your safe recovery. We have compiled a list of herbs, vitamins and supplements you should avoid and inform your surgeon. Available to download

Vitamin CVitamin C Capsules

Vitamin C supplementation is highly recommended by experts. It helps promote healing, and it is the key nutrient required for making collagen, which is what heals your tissue together.

It plays an essential role in collagen formation, a resilient immune function, and as a tissue antioxidant. Also, it is a free-radical scavenger.

Without proper amounts of vitamin C good healing is not possible. Additional vitamin C intake before, during, and after the operation is especially recommended for those who smoke and others who may risk being deficient.

It is recommend to take vitamin C to anyone with an open wound because there is evidence that it helps them heal faster. Highly recommend  following an injury to the skin because it builds collagen, and many surgeon have long used it post-operatively .

ZincZinc supplements

The next supplement and possibly one of the most important is zinc. Medical research has shown that zinc supplements can increase the speed of healing dramatically.

Zinc has reduced healing time after surgery by 43% in some cases. It plays a vital role in the immune system can reduce inflammation, bacterial growth, and scar tissue creation, whereas a deficiency can worsen the scar.

Zinc also helps to aid proper metabolism, balance blood sugar, and increase sensory perception.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B has just recently been noticed for its benefits in the healing process. However, there is limited information on its exact advantages and function in the healing process.

Vitamin B complex is thought to speed up wound healing, increase protein synthesis and a number of repair cells at the wound. It also prevents excessive inflammation. Vitamin B5 is particularly beneficial right after the wound occurs.

Opt for either a Vitamin B complex or a multi-nutrient that contains 25 to 50 mg of the B complex vitamins.

Another important supplement is vitamin A. it is required in cell growth (especially epithelial and bone formation), which is very important in the healing process that takes place after surgery. It is known to activate production of connective tissue, including collagen (promotes tissue synthesis), and helps new blood vessels grow , which is necessary in nourishing newly formed tissue. Vitamin A  also enhances resistance to infection by stimulating the body’s immune function.

 Arnica

ArnicaA very popular supplement is Arnica Montana. Arnica is a mountain extract that has been used for many years.

It helps reduce and clear bruising, and it also speeds the healing process after surgery. Available as a cream and in capsules available from most chemist or natural remedy shops.Probiotics

Probiotics are not only known for their specific healing benefits regarding certain surgeries, but they are known to have beneficial effects in general.

Surgery patients often receive antibiotic treatment. This disrupts the gut flora and may create fungal disorders (including yeast infections), digestive problems, and diarrhea.

Probiotics can help neutralize these unwanted effects.After surgery, it’s recommended to use a strain that contains acidophilus and bifida bacteria.

Bromelain

Another well-known and popular substance is Bromelain. It is used to reduce bruising, swelling (edema), pain, and healing time. Certain claims are disputed because studies show mixed results.

Bromelain, also called ‘pineapple extract,’ is a combination of several compounds, including a large amount of a special protein-digesting enzyme. This enzyme is able to be digested and thus affect the blood and body, rather than just the stomach and intestines

Various studies however indicate that Bromelain reduces swelling, bruising, pain after surgery and physical injuries, and healing time. Bromelain is often used in conjunction with Quercetin.

Quercetin

Quercetin, a plant pigment naturally found in foods such as onions, is a so-called bioflavonoid. It promotes histamine release in the body and thus acts like an anti-inflammatory. Usually after surgery inflammation is a common response by the body.

While it is totally normal, it can be quite uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Luckily Quercetin is known for its anti-inflammatory traits. On top of that, it is also known in speeding up the healing process.

Why Take Supplements After Surgery?

Your dietary intake influences all kinds biological and chemical processes in your body. These processes affect how quickly one recovers after surgery.

Wound healing involves the activity of an intricate network of blood cells, tissue types, cytokines, and growth factors. This results in increased cellular activity, which causes an intensified metabolic demand for nutrients.

Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet, ideally optimized with appropriate supplements, (e.g. vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals) can enhance the surgical healing process.

Studies show that recovery rates times can be reduced dramatically in some cases.

Healthy diet aids surgical recovery
Healthy diet aids surgical recovery

Malnutrition results in less quick and less optimal healing of the body. Some people have a deficiency that may cause certain post-surgical complications.

Complications include;

  • inflammation,
  • infection,
  • not properly healing wounds.

Depletion of one or more vitamins or minerals can have a significant, negative influence on the healing process.

It is essential to avoid deficiencies but also people who do not have a deficiency can find valuable benefits if taking these substances.

In addition, non-dietary supplements can be beneficial to the healing process. For instance compression garments and post surgery aids.

Winter Makeover Ready For Summer

Winter Makeover

Winter Makeover for A Summer Body

As we move into the colder months, now is the perfect time to start planning your Summer body by having a FREE Surgical Assesment with either our Australian Plastic Surgeons or Phuket Plastic Surgeons or both.

We offer a range of procedures both in Australia and Phuket that can enhance your physical attributes while minimising the appearance of less flattering areas. Some of the most popular procedures offered by Meditravel include:

BREAST SURGERY

Popular among both men and women, breast surgery can help you achieve the kind of bust that you desire. For female patients who would like fuller, firmer breasts with Breast Augmentation, or Breast Reduction Surgeryto reduce their cup size, or Breast Lift to lift your breast.

Many people don’t know that men also have the option of breast surgery to give them firmer, flatter chests. Excess breast tissue in males is called gynecomastia, and approximately 40 – 60% of men have it. Male breast reduction surgery will help minimize this excess tissue from the chest.

Breast Surgery Cost:

AUSTRALIA Sydney PHUKET + Travel
BREAST IMPLANT $5900 ( Round) $4300 (Round)
$5900 ( Teardrop) $5500 (teardrop)
BREAST LIFT  $11,900  $5000
BREAST LIFT + IMPLANT $13,900 $8100
 BREAST REDUCTION $12,900  $6900
 GYNAECOMASTIA  $8900  $5990


BEACH BODY


Abdominoplasty

Also referred to as a “tummy tuck”, this procedure helps when exercise and diet have reduced your weight, but stubborn fat remains around your middle and lower stomach area. It can also be a part of the Mummy Makeover process, a modern procedure with mum’s wanting to return to their pre-baby shape after pregnancy. It can often incorporate liposuction.

Tummy tucks involve the tightening of the abdominal muscles, and removal of any excess skin that has resulted from major weight loss or pregnancy.  It is important to understand that Tummy Tucks are most effective on relatively healthy non-smoking patients and is not a weight loss technique.

Liposuction

Most people have heard of liposuction, with both men and women choosing this technique to help them shift excess body fat in areas such as the tummy, thighs, buttocks, hips, chin, neck and upper arms.

Liposuction is used when exercise has not been successful in toning specific areas, and the long-term benefits of this procedure do depend on factors including lifestyle and weight. For optimum results, you will be encouraged to ensure you eat healthily and exercise regularly.

Body Surgery Cost:

AUSTRALIA Sydney PHUKET + Travel
MINI TUMMY TUCK $5900 $6300
FULL TUMMY TUCK  $14,500 $8,400
LASER LIPOSUCTION
1ST AREA $1200 $3000
 ADDITIONAL AREAS $1200  $950
 

FINANCE OPTIONS

If money is a concern to have all the procedures you want, then you have the options to use our finance options. If having your surgery in Sydney, we offer Interest-free terms with a small upfront payment. You can view full details on our Australian Pricing Page.

Meditravel work with Mac Credit to enable us to offer our clients a no deposit option for both Australian and Phuket Surgeries. With Mac Credit, you can incorporate all your costs including travel into your finance option.

 STANDARD REPAYMENTS WEEKLY MONTHLY
$5,000 $25 $105
$7,00 $35 $145
$10,000 $49 $213
$$14,000 $68 $294
$20,000 $95  $411
 $25,000  $115  $495

Breast Lift Recovery Guide and Tips

Your Breast Lift Recovery (mastopexy or mastopexy surgery) is based on several factors, including your personal pain threshold and whether or not your breast lift was done as a stand-alone procedure. Your breast lift recovery may be more involved, for example, if you had other plastic surgery procedures such as augmentation with breast implants, breast lift with auto augmentation or breast reduction performed at the same time as your breast lift. Your surgeon should go over the specific details of your breast lift surgery and recovery with you during your consultation visit and your preoperative appointments.

A Breast Lift is a medical procedure that lifts and reshapes breasts that have lost their shape and firmness as the result of aging, pregnancy, or nursing

There are many steps you can take both pre- and post-op to help manage your recovery and minimise your breast lift risks. Take some time to familiarise yourself with them and discuss them with your surgeon prior to surgery.

Incision Care During Your Breast Lift Recovery

Dressings or bandages will be applied to your breast lift incisions. Keeping these incisions dry until they have closed is important.

You will need to see your surgeon a few days after your breast lift to change your surgical dressings and possibly remove any stitches. If drains — small, thin tubes that collect any excess blood or fluid — were used, your surgeon will remove them during this same visit.

You will also likely be told to wear a compression garment after your breast lift. During your first postoperative visit, your surgeon will instruct you on when to start wearing a soft, supportive bra instead of the compression garment.

Swelling and Bruising

In general, expect swollen and bruised breasts after your surgery.

You may be swollen for up to three to four months. What helps? Compression garment or support bra is recommended as it can reduce swelling and support your breasts during your breast lift recovery. If your breast swelling lingers, consider increasing your fluid intake, consuming less salt and engaging in regular exercise such as walking.

Ask your surgeon what he or she recommends to help minimize bruising. Some homeopathic products such as Arnica montana or bromelain may help reduce both swelling and bruising. Gently applying warm compresses to your breasts may also be helpful. Read our post on supplement to take pre-post surgery to speed up recovery

Does It Hurt?

Most women do report some initial discomfort after breast lift surgery. Your surgeon can prescribe painkillers to help relieve any pain you may feel. Do not take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen after surgery as these drugs increase bleeding risk. You may also experience a temporary loss of sensation in your breasts.

Activity Restrictions During Breast Lift Recovery

Walk around as soon as possible after your breast lift. Early ambulation helps reduce the risk of developing blood clots. That said, do not bend or lift any heavy objects (including your children or pets!) until your doctor tells you it is safe to do so.

You can usually return to work within a week, but this may take longer if you have a physically-demanding job. Most women can resume all normal activities within a few weeks after breast lift surgery, including exercise.

Personal Hygiene

Sponge baths may be necessary until your incisions are closed, and your stitches are removed. These days the surgeons will apply waterproof bandages, allowing you to shower as normal. You may not be able to wash your hair for a while because you won’t be permitted to raise your hands above your head. If you must wash your hair, ask for assistance.

Scar Care

Breast lift surgery will involve scars. The scar patterns vary based on the type of breast lift surgery that you choose.

Individual scar-minimizing products may help scars fade. These include silicone sheeting, topical silicone gels and creams and surgical tape. If you have a history of developing problematic scars, discuss these options with your surgeon in advance. It usually takes about six months for your breast lift scars to fade.

Sleeping Tips for Recovery

During your initial breast lift recovery, sleeping may be challenging. Try propping up your back and head with two or three fluffy pillows, or a specially-designed wedge-shaped pillow available at most surgical supply stores. This elevation of your upper body can help reduce swelling and pain.

Additionally, a pillow placed under your knees can prevent you from rolling over onto your chest during the night. Some women put pillows alongside them to create a recovery “nest” of sorts for the same reason.

Breast Lift Aftercare Instructions

An important aspect of your breast lift recovery is caring for your healing breasts. Your surgeon should give you specific instructions on what topical medications to apply to your breasts and the oral medications you can take, such as analgesics and antibiotics, to reduce your risk of postsurgical pain and infection.

It is important to monitor your temperature and take your prescribed antibiotics as directed throughout your breast lift recovery. Taking your temperature regularly can help identify an infection in its earliest stages, should one occur.

Your surgeon will also discuss the step-down plan for supportive garments with you. He or she will also let you know when you can start wearing regular and underwire bras again. Jumping the gun on this could result in complications.

Make sure you are clear about everything that is expected of you during your breast lift recovery. Following your surgeon’s instructions carefully will help minimise your risk of complications.

Breast Lift Recovery: What to Have on Hand

Planning ahead for your breast lift recovery can make life much simpler. Since your physical activities will be restricted during recovery, it’s a good time to pamper yourself and catch up on things you haven’t had time to enjoy lately.

Stockpile movies or pre-recorded programs you’ve meant to watch, or novels and magazines that have been piling up; all will keep your mind occupied as your body heals. A fully-charged iPod, cell phone and laptop can also help you pass time and stay connected during your breast lift recovery.

Recovery can be a challenging time both physically and emotionally. Consider asking friends or family members to call or drop by, but keep in mind that it may be best to schedule these visits several days or more after your surgery. This will give you time to get past the lingering effects of the anesthesia you received and closer to feeling normal again.

Before surgery, stock your refrigerator with healthy recovery foods, including pre-made meals, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lots of caffeine-free beverages and water. It’s best to avoid processed foods, which are often high in sodium that can contribute to fluid retention and swelling. Staying well hydrated will not only help your body heal, but it will also flush out residual anesthesia and medications from your system.

As you heal, your arms will have a limited range of motion, so store all the supplies you’ll need during recovery where they’re easily accessible (that is to say, at counter level, not in overhead or very low cabinets). Remember: no heavy lifting or high reaching until your surgeon clears you!

Finally, be sure to fill any prescriptions from your surgeon beforehand so they are waiting for you after your surgery. A little forethought can go a long way toward making your breast lift recovery as smooth as possible.

 

Supplements To Assist Pre-Post Plastic Surgery Recovery

Promote Plastic Surgery Recovery With Supplements

Plastic Surgery of any kind can be painful and hard process to go through. Luckily, there are certain supplements that can be taken before and after the procedure to prepare your body for the intricate process of repairing itself.

Some nutritional supplements help speed wound healing while others reduce bruising, swelling, and discomfort such as pain and itch. Others are recommended to prepare your body for the intense experience and increase resilience.

Optimizing your post-surgical diet by eating healthy foods and taking supplements also improves the immune response and prevents wound infections, sepsis (blood poisoning), and other possible complications.

You must also be aware of Herbs, Supplements and Medications to Avoid prior to surgery

More people take some multi-vitamin or herbal supplement, but very few think to disclose their vitamins to their doctor and anesthesiologist prior to their surgery. After all, they’re just vitamins; they don’t count as a medication right? Wrong!

You may not have given much thought to this but herbs, and products that contain them, are packaged as nutritional supplements and will not provide warnings, dosage information or suggested usage instructions. As a result, many people incorrectly assume that a “natural” medicines are inherently safer than a pharmaceutical drug.

This is not only untrue; it’s an assumption that can be dangerous if a person is facing any surgery, whether it’s plastic surgery or not. Many people are planning plastic surgery fail to disclose their herbal supplement use out of fear of being ridiculed by their doctor. (Who would think that licorice could be dangerous?)The fact is, your doctors want and need to know what you are taking to ensure your safe recovery. We have compiled a list of herbs, vitamins and supplements you should avoid and inform your surgeon. Available to download

Vitamin CVitamin C Capsules

Vitamin C supplementation is highly recommended by experts. It helps promote healing, and it is the key nutrient required for making collagen, which is what heals your tissue together.

It plays an essential role in collagen formation, a resilient immune function, and as a tissue antioxidant. Also, it is a free-radical scavenger.

Without proper amounts of vitamin C good healing is not possible. Additional vitamin C intake before, during, and after the operation is especially recommended for those who smoke and others who may risk being deficient.

It is recommend to take vitamin C to anyone with an open wound because there is evidence that it helps them heal faster. Highly recommend  following an injury to the skin because it builds collagen, and many surgeon have long used it post-operatively .

ZincZinc supplements

The next supplement and possibly one of the most important is zinc. Medical research has shown that zinc supplements can increase the speed of healing dramatically.

Zinc has reduced healing time after surgery by 43% in some cases. It plays a vital role in the immune system can reduce inflammation, bacterial growth, and scar tissue creation, whereas a deficiency can worsen the scar.

Zinc also helps to aid proper metabolism, balance blood sugar, and increase sensory perception.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B has just recently been noticed for its benefits in the healing process. However, there is limited information on its exact advantages and function in the healing process.

Vitamin B complex is thought to speed up wound healing, increase protein synthesis and a number of repair cells at the wound. It also prevents excessive inflammation. Vitamin B5 is particularly beneficial right after the wound occurs.

Opt for either a Vitamin B complex or a multi-nutrient that contains 25 to 50 mg of the B complex vitamins.

Another important supplement is vitamin A. it is required in cell growth (especially epithelial and bone formation), which is very important in the healing process that takes place after surgery. It is known to activate production of connective tissue, including collagen (promotes tissue synthesis), and helps new blood vessels grow , which is necessary in nourishing newly formed tissue. Vitamin A  also enhances resistance to infection by stimulating the body’s immune function.

 Arnica

ArnicaA very popular supplement is Arnica Montana. Arnica is a mountain extract that has been used for many years.

It helps reduce and clear bruising, and it also speeds the healing process after surgery. Available as a cream and in capsules available from most chemist or natural remedy shops.Probiotics

Probiotics are not only known for their specific healing benefits regarding certain surgeries, but they are known to have beneficial effects in general.

Surgery patients often receive antibiotic treatment. This disrupts the gut flora and may create fungal disorders (including yeast infections), digestive problems, and diarrhea.

Probiotics can help neutralize these unwanted effects.After surgery, it’s recommended to use a strain that contains acidophilus and bifida bacteria.

 

Bromelain

Another well-known and popular substance is Bromelain. It is used to reduce bruising, swelling (edema), pain, and healing time. Certain claims are disputed because studies show mixed results.

Bromelain, also called ‘pineapple extract,’ is a combination of several compounds, including a large amount of a special protein-digesting enzyme. This enzyme is able to be digested and thus affect the blood and body, rather than just the stomach and intestines

Various studies however indicate that Bromelain reduces swelling, bruising, pain after surgery and physical injuries, and healing time. Bromelain is often used in conjunction with Quercetin.

Quercetin

Quercetin, a plant pigment naturally found in foods such as onions, is a so-called bioflavonoid. It promotes histamine release in the body and thus acts like an anti-inflammatory. Usually after surgery inflammation is a common response by the body.

While it is totally normal, it can be quite uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Luckily Quercetin is known for its anti-inflammatory traits. On top of that, it is also known in speeding up the healing process.

Why Take Supplements After Surgery?

Your dietary intake influences all kinds biological and chemical processes in your body. These processes affect how quickly one recovers after surgery.

Wound healing involves the activity of an intricate network of blood cells, tissue types, cytokines, and growth factors. This results in increased cellular activity, which causes an intensified metabolic demand for nutrients.

Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet, ideally optimized with appropriate supplements, (e.g. vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals) can enhance the surgical healing process.

Studies show that recovery rates times can be reduced dramatically in some cases.

Healthy diet aids surgical recovery
Healthy diet aids surgical recovery

Malnutrition results in less quick and less optimal healing of the body. Some people have a deficiency that may cause certain post-surgical complications.

Complications include;

  • inflammation,
  • infection,
  • not properly healing wounds.

Depletion of one or more vitamins or minerals can have a significant, negative influence on the healing process.

It is essential to avoid deficiencies but also people who do not have a deficiency can find valuable benefits if taking these substances.

In addition, non-dietary supplements can be beneficial to the healing process. For instance compression garments and post surgery aids.

Winter Makeover for A Summer Body

As we move into the colder months, now is the perfect time to start planning your winter makeover for your Summer body by having a FREE Surgical Assesment with either our Australian Plastic Surgeons or Phuket Plastic Surgeons or both.

We offer a range of procedures both in Australia and Phuket that can enhance your physical attributes while minimising the appearance of less flattering areas. Some of the most popular procedures offered by Meditravel include:

BREAST SURGERY

Popular among both men and women, breast surgery can help you achieve the kind of bust that you desire. For female patients who would like fuller, firmer breasts with Breast Augmentation, or Breast Reduction Surgery to reduce their cup size, or Breast Lift to lift your breast.

Many people don’t know that men also have the option of breast surgery to give them firmer, flatter chests. Excess breast tissue in males is called gynecomastia, and approximately 40 – 60% of men have it. Male breast reduction surgery will help minimize this excess tissue from the chest.

Breast Surgery Cost:

AUSTRALIA Sydney PHUKET + Travel
BREAST IMPLANT $5900 ( Round) $4300 (Round)
$5900 ( Teardrop) $5500 (teardrop)
BREAST LIFT  $11,900  $5000
BREAST LIFT + IMPLANT $13,900 $8100
 BREAST REDUCTION $12,900  $6900
 GYNAECOMASTIA  $8900  $5990


BEACH BODY


Abdominoplasty

Also referred to as a “tummy tuck”, this procedure helps when exercise and diet have reduced your weight, but stubborn fat remains around your middle and lower stomach area. It can also be a part of the Mummy Makeover process, a modern procedure with mum’s wanting to return to their pre-baby shape after pregnancy. It can often incorporate liposuction.

Tummy tucks involve the tightening of the abdominal muscles, and removal of any excess skin that has resulted from major weight loss or pregnancy.  It is important to understand that Tummy Tucks are most effective on relatively healthy non-smoking patients and is not a weight loss technique.

Liposuction

Most people have heard of liposuction, with both men and women choosing this technique to help them shift excess body fat in areas such as the tummy, thighs, buttocks, hips, chin, neck and upper arms.

Liposuction is used when exercise has not been successful in toning specific areas, and the long-term benefits of this procedure do depend on factors including lifestyle and weight. For optimum results, you will be encouraged to ensure you eat healthily and exercise regularly.

Body Surgery Cost:

AUSTRALIA Sydney PHUKET + Travel
MINI TUMMY TUCK $5900 $6300
FULL TUMMY TUCK  $14,500 $8,400
LASER LIPOSUCTION
1ST AREA $1200 $3000
 ADDITIONAL AREAS $1200  $950
 

FINANCE OPTIONS

If money is a concern to have all the procedures you want, then you have the options to use our finance options. If having your surgery in Sydney, we offer Interest-free terms with a small upfront payment. You can view full details on our Australian Pricing Page.

Meditravel work with Mac Credit to enable us to offer our clients a no deposit option for both Australian and Phuket Surgeries. With Mac Credit, you can incorporate all your costs including travel into your finance option.

 STANDARD REPAYMENTS WEEKLY MONTHLY
$5,000 $25 $105
$7,00 $35 $145
$10,000 $49 $213
$$14,000 $68 $294
$20,000 $95  $411
 $25,000  $115  $495

The Scenarios in Life That Can Prompt Cosmetic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

When people tend to decide to get Cosmetic Surgery  done?

Plastic SurgeryWith 1.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed last year, it can be easy to overlook that each one of those procedures started with a decision by someone to undergo a cosmetic procedure. Well, what inspired that decision? People get cosmetic surgery for a wide variety of reasons, and that decision shouldn’t be entered into lightly, but here are a few of the more common ones.

Post-Pregnancy

When bringing a baby to term, the body goes through a lot of changes, and doesn’t always end the journey as svelte as it started. It can be extremely hard to get back in shape after a pregnancy, even with the most stringent diet and exercise regiments. That’s why a lot of new moms get what are called Mommy Makeovers– a package deal that can include breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, and a few other procedures, as the need may arise.

Major Life Changes

There are any number of life changes that might prompt someone to look at cosmetic surgery. On the job hunt again? A facelift to erase wrinkles may help you stand out in a competitive job market. Moving? Could be a chance to reinvent your look to impress new people. Getting married? A little bit of Botoxcould help you look your best for the big day (for men, too!). A big change, no matter what it is, can get the wheels turning and have people reevaluate their lives, and their looks.

“You think I’m HOW old?”

One of the biggest inspirations for cosmetic touchups, naturally, centres around aging. When we age, we don’t usually notice it ourselves, since it’s a gradual process. But the change can be more noticeable to an outside party, and if they don’t know you, they might assume you’re older than you are, or at least how old you feel inside. This kind of thing can, for some, be a wake-up call that their appearance isn’t as youthful as it once was, and some opt for surgery, or less invasive procedures.

No matter what reason you have for getting work done, your first step should be to have a free assessment with our  cosmetic surgeon for your surgical Assessment

Vaser Lipo Vs Laser Lipo

Smart Lipo Vs Vaser

Vaser Lipo Vs Laser Lipo

Ever wondered about the differences between VASER Liposuction (or just VASER Lipo as we call it) and Laser Lipo? Are you thinking of a non-invasive fat removal treatment or liposuction but aren’t sure which procedure to choose? There are lots of procedures and treatments out there claiming to zap fat and banish it forever in some way. It’s hard to know what to believe when you can tell what will work and what is overrated. Vaser Lipo Vs Laser Lipo we look at the comparisons below.

Fat removal procedures come in all shapes and sizes, just like people. It’s quite right that people come in all shapes and sizes – diversity is great – and the same can be said for fat removal procedures. You have non-invasive, minimally invasive and surgical treatments and procedures capable of targeting fat in some way, and it’s important there’s choice for patients. Not all patients will want the same things from their treatment, so it’s good to explore and have a range of options to look at. Below is a guide to one of the biggest discussions we have: VASER Lipo vs. Laser Lipo.


VASER Lipo

VASER Lipo is often touted at the top end of the fat removal treatment scale for its effectiveness. There’s little doubt it works – you can see the fat after it’s been taken out, and some patients even like to take pictures of the extracted fat. Just look at before and after VASER Lipo shots to see these patients have transformed.

VASER Lipo is minimally invasive, and downtime is minimal compared to traditional liposuction, but there are some downsides. Recovery can be uncomfortable for some patients (effective pain medication is given to managing any discomfort), patients must be relatively close to their target weight and cannot be obese. It’s not a weight loss solution, more of a body sculpting and fat removal procedure so expectations may need to be adjusted. However for the right patients, it can help. It’s popular for a reason.

The body is extraordinarily complicated, and fat distribution is largely determined by genetics. Some people have problem areas around the abdomen and thighs while others have issues with their breasts and flanks (love handles). You can’t spot reduce fat, and even personal trainers can tell you it can be hard to shift fat from stubborn areas. We don’t all have hours and hours each day to train and so many healthy people turn to VASER Lipo to treat permanently their problem areas.

Laser Lipo

Next down the scale in fat removal treatments is often laser lipo. Various generations and machines exist to target fat with lasers; some remove the fat with suction-assisted liposuction while other treatments leave it up to the body to flush the fat away and out through excretion. Laser Lipo is suited to people who want to target small areas and who may not want VASER Lipo or non-invasive fat targeting treatments. Whereas VASER Lipo uses ultrasound to break down the fat cells from the surrounding tissue, Laser uses heat.

Laser Liposuction (Smart Lipo)  is a procedure that helps to melt fat and tighten skin on the face and body. The safety of the Laser Liposuction treatment is well documented. The laser energy melts fat that is then suctioned out of the body via a cannula or eliminated safely through your liver. The laser energy also heats up the collagen fibres under the skin causing the collagen fibres to contract.  This tightening leads to an improvement in loose skin, cellulite and the appearance of stretch marks.

The full effects of the treatment may take up to 3 months as it takes 90 days for collagen fibres to regenerate themselves. You will see continued improvements for up to 12 months.

Laser Liposuction involves the use of a light sedation and most patients usually return to work within 1-2 days.

Smart Lipo Thigh

LASER LIPOSUCTION

vaser-lipo thigh

VASER LIPOSUCTION

LIPOSUCTION COMPARISON SMART LIPO VS VASER

Laser (Smart Lipo) Vaser
ADVANTAGES Small skin incisions Useful on dense tissue (back, male chest)
Skin tightening Some Skin Tightening
DISAVANTAGES Not useful on dense tissue Larger skin incisions required
 Extra “step” in procedure  Extra “step” in procedure
 COSTS  $1200 Per Area  $3000 first area $900 additional areas
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