Once your procedure is completed, dressing or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and an elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood that may collect. Before being released, you and an accompanying family member, friend, or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the breasts following surgery
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection
- Specific changes at the surgical site or in overall health
- When to follow-up with your plastic surgeon
Progress and healing
Initial healing will include swelling and discomfort at the incision sites. Discomfort is common and can be controlled with medication. A support bra may be recommended around the clock for the first week or two. It is important to cleanse the incision sites. Follow all instructions carefully; this is essential to the success of your outcome.
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling dissipates and incision lines continue to improve. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.
Results and outlook
The final results of your breast lift will appear over the next few months as breast shape and position continue to settle. Incision lines are permanent, but they most likely won’t be visible, even under your favorite bathing suit.
Over time, your breasts can continue to change due to aging and gravity; therefore, your new breast profile can continue to change due to aging and gravity. Your new breast profile is best maintained by maintaining your weight, a healthy lifestyle, and proper support of your now firm and rejuvenated breasts.