How long for the recovery?
Recovery from revision of breast augmentation and small mastopexy?
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Recovery After Breast Augmentation
Each surgeon is different with how he or she manages patients after breast augmentation/mastopexy.
I use nerve blocks with long acting Marcaine (Exparel), and my patients have very little pain following breast augmentation. This eliminates most pain for about 72 hours. Generally, my patients take anywhere from 0-3 pain pills total in their recovery.
In my practice I see patients 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and 1 year after breast augmentation. At two weeks postop, I tell patients that they can begin light exercise on the lower body only (e.g. hands free elliptical, elevated treadmill walking, leg extensions, calf raises, etc.) and at 1 month, they can resume normal activity. I ask patients to avoid bench press, pushups, and butterfly lifting for 2-3 months.
The most critical aspect of postoperative care is patient communication. I give all of my patients my personal cell number and regularly speak to patients about questions and concerns in the pre- and postoperative period.