It is normal for breasts to sag over time. Pregnancy, nursing, genetics and age appear to play a role in the appearance of “saggy breasts.” If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, you can correct this issue by having a breast lift. A breast lift improves the way your breasts look by reshaping and lifting them. In some cases, the plastic surgeon may recommend breast implants – to give your breast an extra lift, but it is your choice. The breast lift recovery process can be long and exhausting. If you have a low threshold for pain, it may take a longer amount of time before you feel like “your old self.” Conversely, if you have a high threshold for pain, you may be up and moving in no time at all.
Either way, you still need to be cautious during the recovery period. Consult with your surgeon before exercising or participating in strenuous activities. The length of recovery will depend on the location of the incision and the placement of the implants (if you choose to get them). It may take longer to heal, if you opt for breast implants because they may move around as they settle into their final places. If you are wondering what the breast lift recovery process looks like – you are in luck. This blog will explain to you the breast lift recovery process so that you can receive the best results. Listed below are valuable suggestions that can help you heal properly following a breast lift.
Steps that can help you recover following a breast lift procedure:
Ask for Help
Following your surgery, you may need help showering and/or bathing. Do not be ashamed or afraid to ask a loved one or friend for help. You may not be able to shower or bathe immediately after the procedure, but you should be given the “green light” within a few days. Do not be alarmed, if you have trouble reaching certain parts of your body, because that is normal. In addition, you may experience pain or dizziness when bending down so it is important that you have someone nearby while you clean-up. In addition, refrain from using scented soaps and/or lotions during this time, rather stick to plain old unscented soap and water. Only use creams and ointments prescribed by your surgeon.
Take Medications as Prescribed
Only take the medications your plastic surgeon has prescribed you. If you are in intense pain – call your surgeon immediately and ask what you can take to relieve the pain. Do not over-medicate or take someone else’s pain killers because it can lead to life-threatening side-effects and/or complications. Take all prescription medications as directed by your surgeon.
Purchase a Comfortable Post-Surgery Bra
Following a breast lift, it is imperative that you purchase a comfortable post-surgery bra. Your plastic surgeon may recommend a few brands for you to purchase or he/she may provide you with one or two post-surgery bras. If you opt for breast implants along with the breast lift, it will take time for your breasts to heal, therefore you may need to change bras as the implants move and stretch your breast tissues. Refrain from purchasing too many bras before the surgery because you will not know what size or shape you will truly be until the swelling subsides. The most important factors to consider when selecting a post-surgery bra are: comfort and protection.
You will also need to limit your movements during the recovery process. Exercising and participating in strenuous and/or rigorous activities can cause your sutures (stitches) to open. It may also delay healing, increase your pain and/or cause you to pull or strain a muscle. Your surgeon will most likely recommend that you refrain from lifting heavy objects for approximately 6 weeks. If possible, the best thing you can do during this time is rest. Ask friends and family members to help with household duties, child or pet care and cooking. Moreover, consult with your surgeon before engaging in sexual activities.
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