Tips to a Faster Recovery After Breast Lift Surgery

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A large percentage of breast lift patients can return to work a week after their surgery, assuming that they only perform light duties. However, it still makes sense to do part time for at least two weeks because it takes time to regain their preoperative energy level.

Keep in mind that lethargy, which urges you to go to bed earlier than your usual routine, can persist for four to six weeks. Simply put, you have to be more forgiving of yourself since complete recovery after breast lift surgery really takes time.

Aside from taking things slow, I have provided guidelines that can help hasten your breast lift recovery or at least make the experience less of a hassle.

1. Get your life in order weeks prior to surgery. Stack up on easy-to-prepare meals, pay all the bills, clean your home, and assign someone who will take care of you during the initial stage of your recovery. Take note that the more relaxed you are, the more efficient is your healing.

2. Beef up your healing before surgery. Sticking to a healthy diet (i.e., more lean protein, veggies, and fruits), avoiding alcohol and tobacco products, and discontinuing blood-thinners such as aspirin and a wide range of herbal supplements weeks prior to surgery can do wonders for your recovery.

You might also consider taking vitamin supplements weeks or months prior to surgery, although they should not involve ginseng, green tea, vitamin E, garlic, and other herbal remedies linked to increased bleeding.

3. Take things slow for at least two weeks postop. Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting that can increase your blood pressure and heart rate. The goal is to avoid late-onset bleeding, hematoma, and persistent swelling—variables that can compromise your healing.

4. Perform light exercise. Short, gentle walks several times a day as soon as tolerated can help minimize swelling, boost your energy level, improve blood circulation, and reduce the risk of blood clots in legs.

Some light walking has also been known to promote quicker recovery as long as it does not cause pain and discomfort.

5. Stick to your regular appointments. Your surgeon will examine the incision sites on a regular basis to make sure you have no sign of infection. Nevertheless, you must contact him immediately if you have any concern or are experiencing symptoms that you think might compromise the results.
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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon