After undergoing a breast lift (mastopexy) procedure, you may have certain expectations or feel anxious to see your results. Indeed, a breast lift can be truly transformative, lifting and sculpting the breasts for a more youthful, “perky” aesthetic. However, there is a very important step before realizing your overall outcome: the recovery process. Our Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Tom Lintner, understands that patients may have questions and concerns about this step in their aesthetic care journey. Below, he offers some advice and guidance regarding what to expect after your mastopexy:
1. Follow Your Surgeon’s Aftercare Instructions
In order to ensure the most safe, comfortable, and efficient recovery process possible, it is vital to carefully follow all of the aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon. This includes attending all post-procedure appointments so that your surgeon can monitor your recovery progress and offer recommendations for when you can resume certain activities. Ultimately, adhering to your surgeon’s instructions can help optimize your healing process while also safeguarding your aesthetic results.
2. Take Time to Rest
To promote proper healing after your breast lift, it is imperative to take the appropriate time to rest. This includes taking adequate time off from work and avoiding strenuous activities until cleared by your surgeon. Specifically, patients often question when they can return to their workout routines. Healing timelines can vary, but in general, most strenuous sports and aerobic exercise should be on hold for at least three to four weeks after surgery.
3. Prepare In Advance
It is strongly advised that you take steps to organize your home and schedule in advance of surgery. Patients often find it helpful to complete common household tasks—including taking out the trash, changing out bedding, and preparing meals—ahead of their procedure. It can also be beneficial to set up a designated “recovery space”—such as a favored recliner or couch—by placing commonly used items in easy reach.
In addition to preparing your recovery space, we also recommend arranging for post-operative support from friends and family ahead of your procedure date. You will need someone to drive you home after surgery, and many patients find it helpful to have someone assist them with household chores, childcare, and other daily tasks for at least the first few days after their breast lift. Ultimately, taking the time to prepare in advance can help reduce stress after surgery, which can help make recovery more efficient and comfortable.
4. Support Your New Breasts
There are a few different stages following breast lift surgery during which surgical bandages and compression garments may be required to protect your incisions and support the lifting effects of your procedure. It is important to follow your surgeon’s recommendations carefully in order to promote optimal healing. Additionally, regularly wearing a supportive bra after your breast lift can help boost the longevity of your results.
5. Practice Healthy Lifestyle Habits
A healthy body can provide an ideal foundation for long-lasting aesthetic results. Committing to a nutritious diet and active lifestyle after your breast lift can encourage optimal healing while also safeguarding your surgical outcomes. Wearing sunscreen and avoiding excessive sun exposure further promotes skin health and proper scar fading. It is also highly recommended that you avoid alcohol and tobacco, as both substances can interfere with the recovery process.
To learn more about the breast lift procedure, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lintner, please contact Advanced Aesthetic Surgery toda