Your anxiety as to what to expect following your surgery may already be dampening your excitement on getting your breasts lifted. Before we get started on how to handle your breasts following the procedure, congratulations are in order! You no longer have to worry about sagging breasts and you can enjoy the confidence that comes with it.
Breast lift surgeries consist of making incisions that are mostly above the breasts. There is no guarantee on the amount of pain you will or won’t feel because the pain tends to vary from person to person. However, you can be assured that the pain you feel will be tolerable. Most of the pain you will experience will be as a result of the swelling you will experience after the procedure.
To manage the pain you can make use of cold compresses, elevation and pain management medication.
- Cold compresses- cold compresses are necessary as they help in numbing the area which eases the pain. However, it is important that you do not leave the compress on for too long, even though you may be tempted to because of the pain. Using it for long periods of time may cause your body to become used to the cold, thus rendering the compress ineffective.
- Stay elevated- it is important that for several days after the procedure, you ensure that your body is elevated at a 45 degree angle; even as you sleep. This is because the elevation helps in improving circulation which further aids healing. The elevation also helps in reducing the swelling.
- Pain medication- your doctor may have already prescribed pain medication in addition to antibiotics which are meant to prevent infection. If the pain persists, you could call your doctor for him or her to prescribe stronger medication.
As your skin heals, it will form scars. However, depending on how the incision was made, it may not be that visible. However, if this is still a problem for you, you can purchase Vitamin E or Vitamin C serums which are both helpful in reducing the appearance of scars. You want to be gentle as you rub the serum into your skin so as not to cause any pain.
You should also avoid smoking as you heal. Smoking does lead to a slower healing rate and can affect the formation of scars; making them more prominent. Additionally, you want to ensure that you eat well. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables as well as proteins as these will help ensure that your skin heals properly. Lastly, avoid tanning or walking about in the sun for several weeks following your surgery. The sun causes your scars to darken, thus making them more prominent.
You can expect to make a full recovery within six weeks. Doctors state that you can resume normal activities within a month of the procedure, but you will need to take it easy and not strain yourself.