Pregnancy, child bearing, breastfeeding, and weight loss can cause a woman’s breasts to shrink or sag. That’s why a lot of women take advantage of a procedure called mastopexy or breast lift surgery. The surgery restores the former appearance of the breast, making it firmer and fuller.

How is breast lifting surgery performed?

The surgeon removes excess skin from the breast and moves the nipple and areola (the round, colored area around the nipple) to a higher spot. The surgery repositions and tightens surrounding breast tissue for a firmer bust. It can also make enlarged areolas smaller.

Usually, the operation takes about two hours and may require an overnight stay at the hospital for full recovery. Some patients are allowed to go home a couple of hours after the operation.

What to expect after the surgery

After the breast uplift surgery, the patient will normally have bruises and inflammation, which will subside within two to four weeks. The patient will also experience fatigue and discomfort for a few days after the surgery. The pain and discomfort can be relieved by taking the medication prescribed by the surgeon.

How soon can a patient recover?

The rate of recovery depends on the patient. Most women who had mastectomy were able to return to work a week after the surgery. On the average, healing time takes about one to two weeks. It’s advised that you don’t perform any strenuous activity for seven to 10 days, though you can walk around and do some light tasks.

During the recovery period, the patient must do the necessary precautions to avoid severe complications. The dressing must be kept dry for two weeks, after which it will be removed to clean the wound. Expect the scars to be pink and hard for at least six weeks. The scars may even take two years to disappear. Follow-up visits in the hospital are necessary because the surgeon has to monitor the progress of healing.

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