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.

 

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.

Breast Augmentation for Athletic Women

Breast Implants Athletic Women

Even those who engage in highly aerobic activities such as running that lower body fat and thus reduce breast mass — can achieve natural-looking breast augmentation results. The surgery is done in several different ways to accommodate the athletic pursuits of the patient.

Women who regularly engage in athletic activities often find that their breast size is affected by any accompanying weight loss, as breasts being partially composed of fatty tissue. To maintain a feminine figure while engaging in a serious exercise regimen that lowers body fat percentage, athletic women may choose breast augmentation. Designing the appropriate surgical approach, as well as the type of implant used, depends on a variety of factors, to be discussed with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon.

Placement. In particular activities, such as racquet sports, golf, or weightlifting, the body mechanics involved may increase the chances that an implant is noticed. An implant interferes less with muscle activity and is not as visible when placed under the muscle (sub-muscular). The surgery takes longer and requires more recovery time than an implant placed above the muscle (sub glandular), but the more natural-appearing results are worth the extra effort.

Implant type. Implants filled with either saline or silicone gel. Silicone gel implants have a more natural feel, particularly for trim women who typically have less skin and tissue to cover the implant. Each body is different, however, and the choice of breast implant type should have input of a plastic surgeon.

Profile and location. Implant profile can be an important decision for the active woman; the profile refers to how far the implant projects from the body. A rock climber, for example, may prefer a moderate profile that will allow maximum mobility. Implants placed too broad on the chest wall could interfere with arm movement.

Size. To restore natural proportions, the athletic woman who has lost breast mass as a result of exercise should consider her initial breast size and the size of her frame. Smaller framed women may find that going too large will cause back pain and discomfort, while women, who were more well-endowed, may only want to return to their previous cup size.

Performance. Large, heavy implants could negatively impact runners and swimmers while the added weight of implants can affect the biomechanics of the body, particularly posture. Fuller breasts for runners and other athletes are possible after consultation with a plastic surgeon, who can help design the appropriate surgical approach to reach the desired results without compromising performance.

Recovery time. As with any surgery, some restriction of activity is inevitable. Because athletic women tend to be healthier, recovery from breast enhancement may be somewhat faster than normal. A patient should discuss her recovery timetable with her medical team.

Because implants are engineered to withstand stress and force, breast enhancement shouldn’t be a hindrance to any athletic activity. Breast augmentation for athletic women can help restore a feminine silhouette without compromising a healthy, active lifestyle

How to Speed Up Your Recovery From Surgery

post surgery recovery aids

Surgery can be a 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.

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 proper 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 benefits and function in the healing process.

Vitamin B complex is thought to speed up wound healing, increase protein synthesis and the amount 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.

Surgeryl 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.

 

Post Breast Augmentation Massage

breast massage

Breast Implants are a foreign substance. Your body will naturally respond to an implant by creating scar tissue or a capsule. This capsule can become excessive; the results may include:

  •  Reduced size of the implant pocket
  • Restricted movement of the implant within the implant pocket
  • An unnaturally firm feeling to the breasts
  • A misshapen appearance to the breasts

Regular breast massage in the first 6 months following Breast Implant Surgery in Thailand can reduce the potential for these conditions by manipulating your implants so that they can move freely within the implant pocket.

Breast massage can also retain the contour and symmetry of your breasts, or to help gain breast symmetry where one implant may be slightly higher than the other.

When to perform breast massage:

The following exercises are the necessary steps to effective breast massage.

  • Begin the exercises 5-7 days after breast surgery, when it becomes tolerable to do so. Perform the entire set of exercises lying down at least 2 times each day for the first 3 months following surgery. While this may be uncomfortable when you first begin to perform the exercises, it is very important that you begin these exercises early. 
  • After 3 months, if your breasts feel soft and implants are moving freely, you may perform your exercises 1 times per day.
  • After 6 months and every day the first year, if your breasts feel soft and implants are moving freely, you may perform your exercises once per day or every other day.

Should you experience any sharp pain, hot or flushed breast skin, severe tightening or hardness at any time with your breast implants, please consult our office as soon as possible.

Note: In some cases, your Thailand Surgeon may recommend certain directions to not massage your implants. This will be discussed at your first post-op visit 7 days after your surgery in Thailand.

Note: Tear drop, anatomical, and/or textured implants are designed to adhere to the inner capsular tissues and, therefore, massage of these types of implants is not done, unless specified by your surgeon.

Download Breast implant massage instructions

What Do I Expect After Breast Implant Surgery

Breast Surgery recovery

Getting breast implants  or any Breast Surgery in Thailand is a big decision, one that thousand of women make each year. Along with the joy of having larger breasts comes the responsibility of taking care of one’s body. There are many things that you should be considering as you recover from breast augmentation in Phuket.

You need to accept that, the recovery process is just as important if not more than having the surgery, since this is the stage during which the risk of complications can be minimised by the choice you make!

Before you even travel to Thailand to get your breast implant surgery, your Client Manager will help you plan out your recovery, which be done prior to your departure It is important that you do not over commitment yourself to anything beyond resting and recovering, especially for the first few days following the operation, since this is the time when you will need the most rest and assistance from your travel companion or Group surgery coordinator.

Immediately following your breast augmentation, your chest will be wrapped in a tight surgical dressing. While it may be uncomfortable, the snugness is intended to prevent excess swelling.

Your Thailand Plastic Surgeon will place one or more drainage tubes at the surgical sites, which will allow fluids to leave your chest during the initial stage of healing. Upon your discharge from the hospital you will receive instructions explaining how to take care of your incision sites over the coming week until your check up.

You remain in hospital overnight after surgery to ensure you are observed and assistance provided as required after surgery. Besides being in no state to return to your recovery hotel, you will be groggy, heavily medicated and in need of help when performing basic tasks.

Fortunately, you should be able to walk with minimal assistance. In fact, it is always recommended that women get up and take a brief walk every hour or two during the first day after the operation. This will reduce the risk of blood clots.

After your  Breast Implant surgery in Thailand is complete, you will begin the recovery process. It’s important that you take good care of yourself during this time to ensure that your body has time to heal and look its best. Once you have made it through the first 24 hours of your recovery following breast augmentation, you are well on your way to healing and getting back on your feet. Read on to learn what to expect in the days and weeks following your surgery.
THE FIRST FEW DAYS

  • You may experience considerable discomfort. Breast augmentation incision sites can ache or throb, requiring use of prescription medications which will be provided to you at your discharge from hospital
  • Its normal to feel some stiffness, soreness, tenderness or itchiness of the breast during the first two to five days following surgery. Having the assistance of a friend can make it much easier to move around or manipulate objects.
  • You will probably feel fatigued and sore for several days after the breast augmentation surgery, so rest is essential.
  • It’s normal to experience a feeling of tightness in the breast area as your skin adjusts to your new breast size and your breast implants. You may also notice diminished feeling in your breasts and nipples during immediate recovery. Your plastic surgeon may recommend breast massage or other exercises to speed recovery and help alleviate any discomfort.
  • Your surgeon may ask you to wear a postoperative bra or compression wrap, for extra support and positioning while you heal.
  • It is common to experience bruising or discolouration after surgery. Typically, this goes away within days,within a month, post-operative swelling should be all but gone.

THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

  • When can you get up and starting moving again? Most surgeons will recommend doing regular walking and other light, non-strenuous activities within a day or two or surgery
  • Many women have trouble lifting their arms during the first week of recovery. Likewise, your surgeon will likely suggest that you avoid lifting, pulling or pushing anything, as well as exercising or doing anything that involves twisting your abdomen. Such activities can affect the speed at which your incisions heal.
  • It’s best to avoid any strenuous activities that could raise your pulse and blood pressure, or which require strenuous use of your arms and chest.
  • Your breasts may remain swollen and sensitive to physical contact for a month or longer.
  • Your surgeon will be able to provide you with more specific details about the recovery process. Contact your surgeon should any problems occur after your surgery.
  • Important note: If you experience a fever, or noticeable swelling and/or redness in your implanted breast(s), you should contact your surgeon immediately.