Recovery from revision of breast augmentation and small mastopexy?

How long for the recovery?

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Recovery After Breast Augmentation

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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.

Breast Implant revision recovery time

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Patients will feel sore and tired during the first 48 to 72 hours following surgery. During these first few days, the patient should engage in light activities, refraining from lifting or raising the arms above the head. Swelling and bruising will subside during the first week after surgery and will be controlled by pain medication. The initial surgical tapes will be removed a few weeks after surgery during a post operative visit. Patients typically may return to a work a few days after surgery (only a light workload during the first two weeks). Showers are permitted on post op day #3 if there are no drains. Scars will progressively fade throughout the first year following
surgery. It is important that you not engage in strenuous activities in the first three (2-3) weeks after surgery. Aerobic exercise will raise your blood pressure, which could cause late bleeding and harm your result. If your job keeps you sedentary, you may return to work when you feel comfortable, several days after surgery. Once you begin exercising again, start gently and let your body tell you what it can tolerate. Don’t rush!!

Recovery after revision breast surgery depends on several things

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Revision of breast augmentation can involve many different procedures, each with its own implications for recovery. The mastopexy usually does not add a lot to the overall recovery. Exparel helps with discomfort for the first 3 days, but your surgeon will advise you an any restrictions of activity during recovery.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after breast surgery

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In general, patients should take it easy after breast surgery. I tell patients to avoid light aerobic activity for 3-4 wks and heavy lifting for 6-8 weeks.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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