I am planning a vacation to Aruba in June and wondering if 2 months is long enough time to recovery properly so I can enjoy myself. Also, I am working on losing my last 10 lbs before I schedule surgery. If I am 10 lbs from my goal weight will that make a huge difference?
What is Minimum Recovery Time for Breast Lift with Augmentation?
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Recovery from breast augmentation-lift
It usually takes at least 6 weeks for your breasts to heal after a breast augmentation and lift, so you should be fine to go on vacation after two months. But everybody heals differently, so it's best to discuss this with your plastic surgeon. And I would advise you to stay covered and wear sunblock with a strong SPF while in Aruba ... the sun is strong and you don't want to darken your fresh scars, so be careful!
Take at Least a Week Off for Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift
Concerns about recovery and downtime are very common amongst patients considering combined breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. It’s important to realize that every patient’s situation is unique and for this reason recovery times vary from patient to patient.
Some patients have jobs that involve heavy lifting, while others sit at a desk. Some patients have children, while others have a significant support system available to them. Some patients have more extensive procedures while some patients have a low pain tolerance. All of these factors can impact the recovery period.
We generally recommend that patients take a week off from work. Patients who have desk jobs may return sooner. Light exercise can usually be undertaken at about two weeks and strenuous physical activity can be resumed at six weeks. At that time, we tell patients that they may return to full activity, without restrictions.
When all of these factors are considered, most patients feel that the recovery was less difficult than expected. In the vast majority of breast augmentation and breast lift patients, two months for recovery should be adequate to fully recover before an important event.
Recovery After Breast Lift with Augmentation
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2 months is a generous recovery time
Recovery Time Recommendation for Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation
Regarding Post-Operative Healing after breast lift with implants:Here are the instructions we give to my patients:
You will go home in a bra or with only light dressings over the incision lines.
Patients can usually return to work in one week to ten days. Sutures are dissolvable but the ending knot is removed within 1-2 weeks.
Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Light activities may be started in 7-10 days with light lifting of 20 pounds or less from 10 days to 3 wks. After 3 weeks progressive exercise with running and lifting of heavier weights after 6 weeks.
Vacation and Augmentation
Thank you for your post. Certainly 2 months is plenty of time to be fully healed from augmentation and lift. Plus and minus 10 pounds is not going to make a huge difference in the result. 20 pounds and more I would avoid, however.
Pablo Prichard, MD
Minimum Recovery time for Breast Lift with Augmentation 6 to 8 weeks
The first 2 weeks the breasts will feel tight and uncomfortable as when a nursing mother's milk comes in. It does take a month or two for the implants to completely settle and drop, particularly if they are on the larger side. The incisions should be well healed by then as well and you can take part in all activities.
Regarding whether or not the lose of an additional 10 pounds will significantly impact your result, that depends on what 10lbs is in relations to what you currently weigh now and if you easily lose weight in your breasts - but for most patients, 10 pounds shouldn't make much of a difference.
Also, be sure to protect your fresh scars with sunblock while on vacations.
Aruba after breast surgery
Recovery following breast augmentation and breast lift can be up to 6 weeks
Recovery following any surgery is at least 6 weeks but in reality it takes 6-9 months for scars to start to mature. I ask my patients to be careful for 2 weeks after this type of surgery and allow them to resume all normal activity 6 weeks after breast sugmentation and breast lift surgery.