Could my nurse have done damage by pulling me up from under my arms in recovery after breast augmentation and lift?

A few minutes after I woke up from anesthesia I was uncomfortably low on the bed and wanted to be moved up. The nurse went behind me and tried to pull me up from my armpits and I was so groggy I didn't think to push up with my legs. It really hurt. I'm now 6 days post op and everything looks great so far except for one nipple bruised pretty bad but is improving. I am just paranoid/worried that she might have caused unseen damage that might lead to capsular contracture? What do you think?

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Could my nurse have done damage by pulling me up from under my arms in recovery after breast augmentation and lift?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well..
The breasts may lose their elasticity and firmness which can be caused by different factors such as pregnancy, massive weight loss, lactation and aging. To reaffirm the breasts and restore the natural look your surgeon can perform a mastopexy or breast lift. A breast lift restores a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts. This not only can improve a patient’s appearance by restoring her youthful, feminine proportions, but  also help bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively. By removing excess, stretched out skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising the nipple & areola into a more forward position, a cosmetic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast, Actually the perkiness on a person or another, depends on patients skin and breast tissue!

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Pulling you up in bed will not cause a capsular contraction. Please follow all your post operative instructions and keep your follow up visits.

Connie Hiers, MD
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Post operative recovery

The only damage this is likely to have caused was your immediate discomfort. There is no association with this type of movement and capsular contracture. Congratulations on your recent surgery. Best wishes, Dr. Meghan Nadeau, Seattle, WA

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Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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