Despite the fact that breast augmentation with a lift is essentially two procedures in one, recovery will not be twice as long as it is for each treatment performed independently. In fact, the majority of patients have a similar—if not the same—recovery experience as those who exclusively underwent breast augmentation or breast lift surgery.
Following breast augmentation with a lift, most women can expect some minor bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the breasts, though these symptoms should gradually subside over time. While intense pain is rare among most patients, any discomfort potentially experienced can usually be controlled with over-the-counter medication.
Office jobs and non-strenuous activities—such as running errands, low impact exercise, etc.—can typically be resumed after about two to three weeks. In order to help ensure proper healing, however, vigorous exercise, heavy lifting, and other strenuous activities will need to be avoided for a minimum of four to six weeks (avoid joining your kids on the slip and slide!). At this time, some degree (if not the majority) of swelling will likely have diminished, but it may take many more months to resolve completely.
Any postoperative scarring from surgical incisions should gradually become less visible, though it could take as long as a year, possibly two, before scarring reaches its final appearance. That being said, all possible scars from breast augmentation with a lift can generally be hidden underneath most types of underwear, bathing suits, and blouses. I like to use silicone sheeting to help minimize the scarring, and these strips are usually worn under your clothes for 16 hours a day, three to six months after surgery.
In the end, it’s crucial to understand that recovery after breast augmentation with a lift will be unique to every patient. Therefore, the information provided above should only be viewed as a basic outline of what to expect—not a definitive claim of what will occur. For a more individualized overview of recovery based on your specific needs and desires, I recommend scheduling a consultation with an experienced and reputable board-certified plastic surgeon.