Enrique A. Silberblatt, MD of Aesthetic Surgery of Virginia highlights what mastopexy patients can generally expect following their procedure.
Roanoke, VA — Understanding every aspect of one’s procedure prior to receiving cosmetic surgery is imperative to achieving optimal outcomes with the highest level of satisfaction, states Dr. Enrique A. Silberblatt, a board certified plastic surgeon in Virginia. To assist individuals interested in breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, Dr. Silberblatt recently outlined what patients can generally expect in regard to recovery and downtime after their operation.
Following breast lift surgery without implants – as well as a combined mastopexy and augmentation – patients will typically awake from anesthesia with elastic bandages wrapped around their chest, notes the Virginia plastic surgeon. The purpose of these compression bandages is to hold in place a large cotton dressing positioned overtop the newly closed incisions. Some temporary bruising and swelling throughout the healing process is normal, explains Dr. Silberblatt, and any discomfort can often be managed with pain medication. After about five days, he says, the dressing can often be replaced, though a special bra will need to be worn for approximately six weeks to help support the breasts in their new position.
Sutures used to close the incisions can typically be removed after about two weeks, continues Dr. Silberblatt. Most patients are able to resume non-strenuous occupations in two to three weeks, but jobs and/or hobbies requiring heavy lifting and vigorous activity may need to be avoided for at least six weeks. Although the appearance of scarring will generally fade over time, Dr. Silberblatt indicates that breast lift scars will never fully disappear. However, he discloses, the lifted, more youthful-looking results achieved by breast lift surgery often far outweigh any concerns patients have about scarring.
In the end, recovery from mastopexy will be different for every individual, states Dr. Silberblatt. “To make certain you are fully informed about what to expect based on your unique needs and goals, it’s imperative you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. He or she should be able to answer all of your questions honestly, as well as ensure you receive the safest, most appropriate treatment throughout every aspect of the procedural process.”
About Enrique A. Silberblatt, MD, FACS
A graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Silberblatt obtained his medical degree from New York Medical College. He later went on to complete his General Surgical Internship at the University of Miami, his General Surgical Residency at the University of Massachusetts, and his Plastic Surgery Residency at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Silberblatt is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he maintains active membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is available for interview upon request.