Despite the fact that breast augmentation with a lift at our Roanoke, VA, plastic surgery practice is essentially 2 procedures in 1, 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.
In this blog post, I’ll discuss what you can expect from the recovery process.
Following breast augmentation combined with a breast 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.
Returning to Activities
Office jobs and non-strenuous activities—such as running errands, low impact exercise, etc.—can typically be resumed after about 2 to 3 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 4 to 6 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.
Breast Augmentation & Lift Scars
Any postoperative scarring from surgical incisions should gradually become less visible, though it could take as long as a year, possibly 2, 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.
To see examples of the results you can expect once you are recovered, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you live near Roanoke, VA, and would like to learn more about recovering from a combined breast augmentation and lift, please contact us online or call (540) 776-1600.