Aging is inevitable, and for many women, this means sagging breasts of loss of breast volume. Younger women also face these issues due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and considerable weight loss. It can be difficult to feel young when you think your body looks old. When the breasts lose their youthful aesthetics, there is sometimes a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence.
The perfect solution for sagging breasts or lost breast volume is to undergo breast lift surgery. This safe and effective procedure can help reshape re-size the breasts. The procedure generally takes two or three hours and is performed on a outpatient basis. Recovery time is minimal with patients resuming their normal activities within two or three weeks after the surgery. Though the surgery is fairly routine, there are a few safety precautions patients need to follow to ensure the best possible results from their breast lift surgery.
To have the fastest recovery and best outcome from breast lift surgery, follow these tips:
- The first few days after surgery will bring the most pain and discomfort. Patients should avoid too much movement or activity. Get plenty of rest during this time to allow your body to adequately heal.
- Patients are often given a compression garment to wear to help improve blood circulation and reduce swelling. It is important to wear it as directed for the prescribed time frame, usually three to four weeks.
- Do not sleep on your stomach after surgery to avoid putting to much pressure on the area.
- Follow your doctors instructions carefully; you will most likely be able to return to daily activities after two to three weeks. Patients can usually resume strenuous activities such as exercise and heavy lifting after six to eight weeks.
- Patients should be careful not to get the sutures wet when washing or bathing.
- Be aware of any changes such as bleeding or discharge, or increased swelling and bruising; call your doctor at the first sign of any problems. Swelling and bruising will decrease and fade over time, but if that changes, your doctor should be notified immediately.
- Avoid wearing under-wire bras until you have been advised by your doctor that it is fine to begin wearing these type of bras.
- Patients should be patient. The signs of surgery, scars, may take time to fade away. You can use a cream to help reduce scarring, but it can take scars months to fade away completely.