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How Long Does It Take To Recover After Breast Lift Surgery?

Most women worry about breast lift surgery recovery time. If you are considering breast lift surgery, chances are that you have some questions.

Knowing how long it takes to get back on your feet is important, as you will need to make arrangements accordingly.

First Two Days

You will have a follow-up appointment with your doctor the first or second day after the procedure.

The doctor checks how your breasts are healing. Things like colour of the surrounding skin and if your nipples are getting blood are routinely checked. Bruising is normal, but your doctor ensures that there isn’t any sign of infection or other problems. This also gives you a chance to talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.

If you had any drainage tubing attached, these will be removed at this appointment.

Three to Five Days After Surgery

You will be uncomfortable for a few days after the surgery. This is normal, since your body saw some major changes. You will need support around your breasts during this time. Your doctor may recommend a bra or provide you with a surgical one.

There are some things to consider when looking for an after-surgery bra:

• Front closure, zipper or hooks in front instead of behind
• Supportive, sport bras work well
• Larger than normal to fit surgical dressings
• Avoid molded cups
• Avoid under-wires

Buy a few different sizes ahead of time. The size and shape of your breasts will change, and you may find that your bra size is different.


Your doctor may prescribe pain medications for your recovery. These will help with the pain and help you relax. If you have any questions or concerns about your pain management, talk to your doctor. Most doctors prescribe pain medication for the first week of recovery.

Two to Three Weeks

Your doctor will remove your stitches within the first two to three weeks of your breast lift surgery recovery. This can be uncomfortable. You may feel a slight pulling sensation. However, most people don’t have a problem with it.

You will notice the shape and size of your breasts starting to improve in about two weeks. This will continue as time passes. The swelling will go down, your incisions will continue to heal, and your coloring will go back to normal.

Your doctor will check on the symmetry of your breasts. If there is a slight asymmetry between them, a minor procedure corrects the problem. The nipple may need repositioning. You may need other adjustments, but these can wait until you’re fully recovered.

When to Resume Normal Activities

Most doctors will tell you to plan on at least a week of recovery time, sometimes it can take up to three. Depending on the nature of your job, you might be able to return to work after a week. Social outings and other light activities can also be resumed after a week or so. Avoid strenuous activity such as exercise or any lifting for four weeks.

One Month After Surgery

By now your incisions are fully healed. The scarring is minimal, and a good surgeon will make the incisions on the underside of the breasts, where they are not noticeable. You can wear low cut tops without fear of someone seeing your scars. You may need to continue to wear the supportive bras for a few months after the procedure.

Years After

While you can maintain noticeable results long-term with diet and fitness, this is not a permanent procedure. Factors such as natural aging and changes in weight can cause your breasts to sag again. However, there is a follow-up procedure some women choose to undergo that is not as invasive to improve the look of their breasts.

Considering a Breast Lift?

Dr. Kenneth Dickie offers patients a personable approach to cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical procedures.  We proudly offer plastic surgery services to Barrie, Collingwood, Sudbury, Orillia, Huntsville, Bracebridge and surrounding areas.

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