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What is breast lift surgery recovery like?

San Antonio plastic surgery questions answered

· breast lift,Plastic Surgery

If you're considering having breast lift surgery at our San Antonio office, but you're not sure what to expect during recovery, then you've come to the right place. As is the case with any surgical procedure, it takes time to completely recover from a breast lift. The following information will help you know what to expect, but remember to discuss any concerns you may have with us during your appointment.

What should I expect while recovering from breast lift surgery?

After your surgery is over, you'll need to wear a soft bra over a gauze dressing. The gauze acts as cushioning and needs to be replaced daily. The key to a comfortable recovery is keeping your incision as dry as possible. In some cases, Dr. Bindewald may recommend wearing a compression garment before replacing it with a soft bra and gauze. He may also need to insert small drainage tubes to get rid of any excess fluid during your surgery.

You can expect bruising and swelling, especially in the beginning of your recovery. You may feel an initial sense of discomfort or pain as well. This pain should diminish over a few days, but we will prescribe medication to alleviate it.

You'll need to forgo any strenuous physical or sexual activity during the first few weeks of your recovery, but it's also recommended that you get up and walk as soon as you can to prevent blood clots. Abstaining from cigarettes before and after your surgery will also speed up your recovery.

More than likely you will be able to shower within days of your procedure, but no soaking or swimming for a few weeks. It's also important to avoid exposing your breasts to direct sunlight, especially during the first 6 months after your surgery.

How long does breast lift recovery take?

Within one to two weeks, Dr. Bindewald will remove any drainage tubes placed in your breasts at the time of surgery. Within a week, you'll be able to go back to work, assuming your job doesn't require strenuous physical activity. Any bruising or swelling should decrease greatly within two to three weeks. After the first month or two, you'll start to see the final result of your breast lift. Within six months, your scars should begin to fade. You can speed up this process with silicone sheeting or topical gels, but you should discuss this with Dr. Bindewald before you begin.

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