Surprisingly, breast lift surgery is not very painful.
Breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a day or two, but the
pain shouldn't be severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be relieved with pain
medications. Expect to have some wrinkling around the areola especially if the
minimal scar breast lift is performed.. Although you will be up and walking the
next day, most patients are able to return to work in about one week. Some
patients recover outstandingly well and have been able to return earlier,
however the average is about a week. In order to resume any exercise programs or
any heavy lifting, it may take 3-4 weeks, depending on how well you heal as an
individual; the average is about 4 weeks.
After surgery, you'll wear an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze
dressings. Within a few days, a soft support bra will replace the bandages or
surgical bra. You'll need to wear this bra around the clock for three to four
weeks. All sutures are absorbable and do not have to be removed after the
procedure. Drains are very rare after this procedure. If your breast skin is
very dry following surgery, you can apply a moisturizer several times a day. Be
careful to keep the moisturizer away from the suture areas. There are some
creams that can be used to help with healing (i.e. Scarguard, silicone strips,
vitamin E, etc); these you can start using after the steri strips are removed.
You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, caused by
the swelling after surgery. This numbness usually fades as the swelling subsides
over the next six weeks or so. In some patients, however, it may last a year or
more, and occasionally may be permanent. Because this procedure is accomplished
without the use of an implant, associated risks and complications of this
additional procedure are eliminated. The breast is soft with a pleasing shape.
To find out if you are a candidate for this unique operation, call Dr Wooten's
office at 412-952-9299.
The incisions from your breast lift surgery will heal and fade over time. It is
important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently
visible. Fortunately, the incisions for your breast lift are in locations easily
concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines. Unless you gain or lose a
significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your new breast shape should
remain fairly constant. However, gravity and the effects of aging may eventually
alter the size and shape of virtually every woman's breasts.
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2605 Nicholson Rd, Suite 210
Sewickley, PA 15143
Fox Chapel Office:
1382 Old Freeport Road
First Floor, Back of Building
Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
99 W. Sunbury Rd, Suite 300
Butler, PA 16001
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Contact us at (724) 759-7777
Anna I. Wooten, M.D. - Board Certified
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
Pittsburgh, PA (Offices in Wexford, Fox
Chapel and Butler)