Here at Transform, we are proud to offer an excellent aftercare service and we want you to have as much information as possible at your disposal to help you make an informed decision about the procedure. We have put together a step by step guide in terms of what to expect in the various stages of breast lift recovery to help you prepare for the procedure.
Immediately after surgery, your breasts may feel swollen and sore and there may be some bruising present. We’ll be on hand to provide pain relief to help with any discomfort. The recovery process is gradual and it may take a few months for your breasts to settle into their new shape and for the scars to start fading.
We’ll have already talked to you about recovering at home after your mastopexy, so you’ll know how much time to take off work (usually two weeks), what kind of bra to wear for the first weeks and when you can resume your normal activities like exercise.
Support and compression are paramount in the days following your breast lift surgery and you will be provided with a surgical bra to wear after the procedure for the first 48 hours. This should then be replaced with a sports bra that should be worn for the remainder of the recovery process.
All types of physical exercise or strenuous activity must be put on hold for between four to six weeks. Recovery rates differ from person to person so it is difficult to determine exactly how long it will be until you can return to your usual exercise routine but it is important not to try and rush back into your day to day routine before you are ready.
Before you go home we’ll also give you our 24/7 patient helpline number, so please get in touch with any concerns. Our clinical team is here to support and advise you. You’ll need to come back to the hospital within two weeks to have your stitches removed when your surgeon will also check on your overall progress.
Find out more about our comprehensive 3-year aftercare programme and our extended 10 year programme.
Side Effects, Risks and Complications
Any surgical procedure carries risks and we’ll explain these to you in full before you decide to go ahead with your mastopexy.
Side effects and risks can include:
- Swelling and bruising
- Adverse effects of anaesthetic
- Reduced nipple sensitivity
- Blood loss
- Scarring Irregularities
- Mastopexy is also not considered a permanent solution for sagging breasts; the ageing process can mean a further loss of fullness over time.
You’ll find all the information in our breast uplift patient guide which you’re Patient Care Co-ordinator will give you at your appointment.