If you’re considering a breast lift, you’ll need to know how to take care of yourself before and after the procedure. Before booking your appointment with Dr. Waltzman to discuss your plans, make sure you can meet the care guidelines for recovery.
If you are local to Long Beach, CA, or the general Southern California area, work with the expert surgeons at Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. During your consultation, we will review your goals and expectations. Your provider will be with you every step to make sure your surgery and your breast lift journey is a success.
You must follow your provider’s instructions so that you get the deep healing and rest you need for a complete recovery and optimal results. In the interim, here are 6 tips to help you prepare for your breast lift recovery as best as possible.
1. Purchase Recovery Items Beforehand
At least a few days before your surgery, make sure you have everything that you’ll need to assist with your recovery. This includes groceries, medications, icepacks, and supportive wear, such as compression garments and sports bras.
2. Finalize Your Plans
Be sure to finalize any arrangements for after your surgery. Since you will be under anesthesia, you’ll need someone to drive you home and look after you for the first night. You may want to inform your work that you’ll be taking time off and set up any childcare arrangements you need so that you can avoid heavy lifting as you recover.
3. Prioritize Relaxation Following Surgery
Following your procedure, it is common to experience swelling, bruising, and pain and discomfort. Make sure that your home environment is suitable for your recovery. Establish a time for yourself and focus on resting your body. Taking naps and minimizing your movement are important ways to speed up your recovery time and ensure that you achieve optimal results from your procedure.
Avoid stress as even emotional stress can exacerbate physical pain, which you may be vulnerable to. You may need to isolate yourself for a bit if that allows you to destress. You might consider staying at a hotel or a separate area of your home to have alone time.
4. Take the Right Medications
Ask your surgeon about the pain medications they can prescribe as you recover. Stay away from medications that increase the risk of bleeding, including herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications.
5. Avoid Exercise Until the 6-Week Mark
Patients must avoid strenuous exercises and activities like cardio workouts and heavy lifting. You may return to normal daily activities except exercise around week 3.
6. Sleep on Your Back
Your body should not be exposed to excess pressure as it heals. For this reason, you must sleep on your back or propped up. At the 6-week mark, you may resume sleeping as usual.