After the procedure
After a breast lift, the breasts are probably covered with gauze and a postoperative compression bodice. You may have small tubes placed in the incision sites to drain excess blood and fluid.
The breasts may have swelling and bruising for approximately two weeks. You probably feel pain in areas near the incisions, which will be red or pink for a few months. The numbness of the nipples, areola and breast skin can last approximately six weeks.
The first days after the breast lift, take the analgesic medication as recommended by the doctor. Avoid tensions, flex or lift objects. Sleep on your back or side to avoid pressure on your breasts.
Avoid having sex for at least one or two weeks after breast lift. Ask the doctor when you can resume your daily activities, such as washing your hair, showering or bathing.
Some tubes may need to be placed near the incisions, which are usually removed in just a few days. When the doctor removes the tubes, it will probably change or remove the bandages.
Talk to your doctor about when your stitches will be removed, or if they should be removed. Some stitches dissolve on their own. Others should be removed in the doctor’s office, usually one to two weeks after the procedure.
Keep using the postoperative compression bra all day, for three or four days. Then you can use a light compression bodice for three or four weeks. The doctor may suggest the use of silicone or gel tape on the incisions to promote healing.
During the healing period, do not expose the breast area to the sun. Then, protect your incisions during sun exposure.