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How Long is Recovery from a Breast Lift?

You may be interested in breast lift surgery to address sagging and drooping from breastfeeding or weight fluctuations… But you’re not exactly super interested in a long and painful recovery. If the thought of weeks spent in bed leaves you feeling nervous, fear not: breast lift recovery isn’t as intensive as you may think. Take a look at the average breast lift recovery time, including tips to (safely!) speed up your time convalescing. Breast Lift Plymouth Meeting View More Patient Results *Individual results may vary

Average Breast Lift Recovery Duration

The total amount of time it takes to recover from a breast lift is about six weeks. This is from the moment you wake up after surgery to when you’re finally “complete” with your surgical procedure. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll be laid up in bed for six weeks. In fact, most patients are cleared to go back to work within the first week after surgery. That does come with restrictions, including avoiding lifting heavy objects or bending over. For that reason, if you work a more manual job, we advise taking two weeks before going back to work.

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How to Have a Healthy and Speedy Breast Lift Recovery

The best thing you can do to have a speedy recovery is to follow your customized breast lift post-op plan. This is the plan that will outline everything you need to do to stay healthy after surgery, including how to change your dressings, how long you should wear a supportive bra, and when to attend follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon. This will be explained to you in detail before your procedure but you will always be able to reach the doctor or his representative after the procedure if you have questions. Additionally, these tips can help get you on the fast-track to a total recovery:
  • Don’t push yourself to return to work before you’re ready.
  • Arrange for help at home, especially if you have young children.
  • Invest in a recliner or a pillow wedge so you can sleep in a way that won’t harm your chest.
  • Engage in light walking even beginning the day after your surgery to help with breathing and circulation. This is the best help to reducing post-surgical complications.
  • Let your plastic surgeon know immediately if you have any concerns about how your breast lift recovery is going.
I'm an active mom to two wonderful children who I nursed each to 14 months and while I'm so happy I was able to do that for my children it left my breasts very deflated and saggy with loose skin! I'm 5'5", 125 lbs with an athletic build so my end goal is to look as natural as possible and to gain volume and shape similar to what I used to be before kids. I'm nervous and excited for this change, but will hope for the best outcome possible!"
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Want to learn more about what you can expect from breast lift recovery? Schedule your complimentary consultation at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Brenman in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA. Please call (267) 687-2180 to schedule a convenient appointment in the near future. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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