Women at our Columbia plastic surgery practice who get breast lift surgery typically lead active lives and need to back on their feet as soon as possible. In many cases they work and have school-aged children whom they often drive to practices and friends’ houses. In this blog post, I’ll share some tips that can help minimize the recovery time and ensure lasting results following a breast lift.
Take care of your incisions
The number of incisions required during the procedure depends on the breast lift technique most appropriate for the patient’s situation. I provide detailed instructions about how to care for incisions after surgery, and it’s important that patients follow them closely. Properly cleaning and inspecting the incisions helps to prevent infection, which, if unattended, can result in additional surgery. Patients should also avoid swimming, hot tubs, or taking baths during the first 2 weeks after surgery. It’s possible to minimize the long-term visibility of scars by carefully caring for the incisions and using anti-scar creams.
Keep in touch with your plastic surgeon
Maintaining contact with your surgeon is an important part of recovery. I encourage breast lift patients to call our Columbia practice with any concerns or questions they might have while their incisions heal. It’s much better to have us treat a minor complication when it first occurs so that it does not evolve into something major. Pay attention to any symptoms that could be signs of an infection, such as fever, swelling, sharp pains (rather than the expected soreness), or bleeding or discharge near the incisions. Call if you notice any of those issues.
Use only medication prescribed by your doctor
It’s important to inform your surgeon before the procedure of any prescription medication you’re taking. In some cases, you’ll be asked to curtail the medication and use only the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon to minimize discomfort during the first few days after your surgery. Inform your surgeon before re-starting any other medications to ensure it’s safe to do so.
Rest, rest, rest
As I mentioned at the outset, many breast lift patients have active lives and may feel pressure to get back to their daily routines before they’re fully healed. Not getting enough rest, however, will actually prolong the recovery. Walking during the first few days of the recovery is important, but limit the amount of time on your feet. Surgeons each have recovery protocols regarding exercise following surgery, and you should diligently follow those instructions.
Maintain a healthy diet
This includes staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Consuming a diet loaded with vitamin K is known to aid the healing process and reduce swelling. It’s also important to avoid salty foods to minimize swelling. Preparing some meals before your surgery can make it easier to maintain a healthy diet during the recovery.
If you’re considering breast lift surgery, you can browse our photo gallery to see before-and-after photos of some actual patients. You can request a consultation by contacting us using the online form or calling (573) 443-5500 to schedule an appointment.