The Side Effects of Breast Lift Surgery
By Sheryl Pilcher on January 21, 2017
Side effects are a common part of the surgical process. Whenever patients come to our San Antonio plastic surgery center, we offer a full rundown of surgical side effects before their procedure so they can have realistic expectations about the recovery process.
With breast lift surgery (mastopexy), the side effects are rather similar to breast augmentation and breast reduction procedures. Let's go over some of the basics right now as well as how these side effects can be dealt with.
Immediately After Breast Lift Surgery
Immediately after you undergo breast lift surgery, it's common to feel tired and groggy. Nausea is also a common experience for many patients. This is due to the general anesthesia, and these sensations will be temporary.
Patients are advised to rest after their surgery, taking roughly two weeks off from work. Strenuous physical activity and exercise should be avoided to prevent complications. Patients should lie down with their back propped up by a few pillows. Do not lie down flat on your back, on your side, or on your stomach in the early fays of healing as this can affect the surgical results.
Pain and Discomfort
Pain and discomfort are one of the most common side effects following any sort of surgical procedure. The soreness with be situated around the chest and upper torso, and it will be most pronounced in the first day or so after surgery.
Managing Pain and Discomfort
Resting can help make the pain and discomfort pass sooner. Your plastic surgeon will also prescribe pain medications or recommend pain relievers. Take these as directed to help manage discomfort.
Bruising and Swelling
Bruising and swelling are two other common side effects that are to be expected after undergoing surgery. The bruising is most noticeable around the incisions of the breasts, though discoloration can affect nearby parts of the upper torso. Swelling tends to be most pronounced around the breasts themselves.
Major bruising tends to fade by the end of the second or third week, with some residual discoloration lasting another week or so afterward. Major swelling typically fades by the end of the first month, with residual swelling for the next few weeks to several weeks.
Dealing with Bruising and Swelling
Resting goes a long way toward managing bruising and swelling. Another important factor in managing both of these side effects is the use of a surgical bra/compression garment. The surgical bra provides support to the breasts as they heal. It helps manage major swelling, and can even offer some comfort in those early days of healing.
Changes in Breast Sensitivity
The incisions around the areola and along the underside of the breast are bound to cause changes in breast sensitivity as patients heal. Women may notice issues with heightened breast sensitivity or numbness around their breasts. This can be particularly pronounced around the nipples.
These issues with breast sensitivity tend to last for a few weeks. As patients heal, these problems with sensitivity will become less of an issue in the weeks and months ahead.
Scarring is a reality of breast lift surgery, and it can be rather pronounced in the first several weeks after the procedure. Over time, however, the scars will fade. Typically the scars begin to fade a few months after the surgery, continually changing in color and appearance from year to year.
Even though scarring is on the breasts themselves, the scars can be hidden by most undergarments, bathing suits, and tops.
Learn More About Breast Lift Surgery
For more information about breast lift surgery and how it can help you look your very best, be sure to contact our advanced cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team here at Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A. looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.
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