After your Breast lift Surgery
You'll wake up in a recovery room after breast surgery wearing a sports bra or surgical support bra. You may also be wrapped with a surgical dressing like a tenser bandage to provide compression. You'll be stiff and feel a bit of discomfort or pressure in the chest area which is normal after breast lift surgery. You will be released from the surgery center once your are more awake and alert. Generally, most patients are discharged within 1 to 3 hours after breast lift surgery. You are required to have a responsible adult pick you up from the surgery center and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after your surgery. Patients are advised to relax and recover the first few days following a breast lift operation. The discomfort is the worst the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery and gets better with each passing day. You may have breast tenderness, minor bruising and swelling, itching on the breasts, tightness of the breasts, or hypersensitivity of the breasts and or nipples. You may also experience temporary numbness that usually resides over time. In the unlikely event that you experience severe pain that continues to progress or you develop a very firm, swollen breast significantly larger than the other breast contact Dr. Corbin for further instructions.
For 5 days after your breast lift surgery you will be required to sleep on your back in a reclining position. During the first 24 to 48 hours of your recovery you will be asked to apply ice to the breasts. In addition, follow all post operative instructions supplied by Dr. Corbin’s office for the most comfortable and successful recovery. You will have to wear proper breast support, including sleeping in your surgical bra. Dr. Corbin will discuss with you the long term breast support that is essential for the longevity of your new breast appearance. Start walking around and doing light activity around the house or hotel as soon as possible, but don’t pull, lift, twist, bend over or do any strenuous exercise until Dr. Corbin gives you the OK.
Your first post operative appointment will be 5 to 7 days after your mastopexy. At this appointment Dr. Corbin or a nurse will assist you with questions, pain management, suture removal and all other aspects of follow up care for you including personal question relating to intimacy, exercise, activities and work.
Most healthy patients return to work within a week or two, depending on the extent and type of breast lift procedure as well as how physical their job is.
Scars, like surgery are unique to each patient. The way your scars heal is based on your body’s ability to heal. Dr. Corbin performs all the latest high tech surgical procedures that involve minimal scarring. Generally, scars begin to fade within three months; however, if you are a slow healer a topical silicone gel can be applied to the scars to promote healing and reduce the chance of developing raised, red or irregular scars.
When it comes to scarring no plastic surgeon has control over how you will heal. The best thing you can do if you are concerned about scarring is go to an experienced board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Corbin who does a minimal scarring maximum lift mastopexy. Old scars can be revised, but there is no magic wand to erase them. Once a scar is placed on your body it is there for life!