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Breast Lift Surgery

After a Breast Lift

Your surgeon will remove the bandages and any drains during your follow-up visit on the first or second day after your breast lift. The doctor will also check the nipple's color and blood supply.

After the operation, expect to be uncomfortable for a few days. Your doctor will usually recommend that you wear a bra or have a special dressing in place to provide the support you will need during your recovery. For the first week, you may need pain medication.

If you've gotten breast implants, be careful to avoid any impact to your chest, which could make the implant rupture.

Within two to three weeks, your surgeon will remove all your stitches. The size and shape of the breast will continue to improve as time passes.

There may be slight differences in symmetry between the two breasts. If so, your plastic surgeon will do a small touch-up procedure to help reposition the nipple as necessary. Minor adjustments can be made later on.

During your recovery, it is very important to limit your activity as directed by your surgeon and to immediately report any side effects or problems you're having. Any surgery has risks, including infection. With breast reduction surgery, permanent loss of sensation in the nipples or breast skin is very rare.

Will I Need a Lift if I Have My Breast Implants Removed?

Perhaps. Surgeons sometimes do a breast lift after removing an implant.  

Will I Ever Need Another Breast Lift?

It's possible. In time, some women choose to get a repeat breast lift as a “touch-up” procedure to improve the overall look of their breasts. But a full-length procedure will usually not be required.

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