I am 14 days PO from an extended TT. I lost 85 pounds and in March I will be having a BA/BL with a small arm lift. My arms are not that bad so the incision will only go to the end of a tshirt I am curious on two things: What is the recovery time like? I would have the procedure on a Thursday morning and plan to be back at work (desk job) on the following Tuesday. Does this sound like a reasonable time for recovery? Also, do you think drains will be required with this surgery?
BA/BL with Small Arm Lift - Reasonable Recovery Time?
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A week may be enough for a desk job
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Recovery time for an augmentation mastopexy with an arm lift.
The recovery time depends on many factors and your return to work depends on what you do. The BA/BL is usually a well tolerated procedure with ~3-5 days of downtime. Mostly, this is due to discomfort from a submuscular implant placement. The arm lift recovery is due to tightness and pain, particularly if the incision extends into the armpit. Garments are usually given which help with support, however anticipate 5-7 days of discomfort. The return to work depends upon how you feel. If you require narcotic pain medication, or if sudden movements cause significant pain, then driving is not an option. Having the ability to take more time off of work is important, but I typically advise at least a full week off before returning.
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