BREAST UPLIFT (MASTOPEXY) - AFTERCARE
Going Home after Breast Uplift Surgery
Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you how long to stay off work (this will be approximately two weeks depending on your occupation), how long to wear your sports bra and when you can commence normal activities. You should ease yourself gradually back into exercise over a number of weeks.
You will need someone to look after you to relieve you of your general chores, such as shopping, household duties and childcare. Please be aware that you will feel tired for the first few weeks following your surgery. Once your scars have healed, you will be able to resume normal physical activity.
It is important to keep the wounds dry during the early days and leave all the dressings intact until you return to the clinic at approximately seven days.
Please do not wear an underwired bra after surgery until you have discussed this with your Cosmetic Surgeon.
It is very important that you attend the appointments, which have been made for you to care for your wound and see your Cosmetic Surgeon post-operatively. If your stitches need to be removed, this will take place 7-14 days later, in the clinic. You will need to stay in hospital for one - two nights and take up to two weeks off work. To keep the breasts supported, you will be asked to wear a sports bra, day and night for 6-12 weeks.
Recovery from Breast Uplift Surgery
You will be advised to take one to two weeks off work to fully recover, and your stitches will usually be removed approximately seven days after the surgery. For the first six to 12 weeks you will need to wear a post-surgery bra (similar to a sports bra) during the day and at night, only removing it to shower once your stitches have been removed. It is completely normal to experience bruising and swelling to the area, as well as some soreness, but this should only last between one to two weeks. Your surgeon will advise you on when you can return to normal daily activities and how soon you can begin exercising again.
Following the breast uplift (mastopexy) operation there will be scarring to the breast, the amount depends on the severity of the droop; however, it will always involve a scar around the nipple. All scars are pink in the early weeks and then gradually fade to faint white lines. After the breast uplift (mastopexy) operation you may experience reduced sensitivity to the nipple and may not be able to breast feed.