September 20, 2023 | Breast augmentation, Breast Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Recovery

Breast Lift Recovery: Tips and What to Expect

Mastopexy Procedures at Sadeghi Plastic Surgery

Undergoing breast lift surgery can be a transformative experience, offering renewed confidence and a more youthful appearance. However, the journey doesn’t end when you leave the operating room; the recovery period is an essential part of the process that requires careful planning and attention. 

Whether you’re contemplating a boob lift or have recently undergone the procedure, understanding what the recovery process involves is crucial to achieving the best results and ensuring your well-being. 

In this  guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about boob lift recovery, from what happens immediately post-operation to tips for a smoother healing process, so you can embark on this transformative journey fully informed.

What is a Breast Lift and Why Choose It?

A breast lift, medically known as a mastopexy or boob lift, is a surgical procedure designed to lift and reshape sagging breasts. Unlike breast augmentation, which focuses on increasing the size of the breasts, or breast reduction, which aims to reduce their size, a breast lift procedure primarily seeks to elevate the position of the breasts and nipples. 

This can result in a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing contour. The procedure often involves the removal of excess skin and may also tighten the surrounding tissue to support and reshape the new breast contour.

woman's shapely body

Why Choose a Breast Lift?

Combat Sagging Due to Aging: As women age, the elasticity of the skin decreases, leading to a natural droop or sag in the breasts.

Post-Pregnancy or Breastfeeding Changes: Pregnancy and breastfeeding can significantly alter the shape and position of the breasts. A boob lift can help restore them to their pre-pregnancy state or improve their appearance.

Weight Loss: Significant weight loss can leave the breasts looking deflated or sagging. A boob lift can help improve their shape and position.

Improved Confidence and Self-Esteem: The physical transformation often leads to increased confidence and a more positive body image.

Expanded Wardrobe Choices: Some women find that they have more clothing options that look flattering with lifted breasts, including various types of swimwear and low-cut tops.

Physical Comfort: Sagging breasts can sometimes lead to skin irritation or discomfort during physical activities. A boob lift can help alleviate these issues by placing the breasts in a more natural position.

Symmetry: If one breast sags more than the other, a boob lift can restore a more symmetrical look.

It’s essential to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to discuss your specific needs, expectations, and any potential risks or complications. 

This will help you make an informed decision on whether a boob lift is the right choice for you. Talk to us at the Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery

Breast Lift Procedure vs. Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Reduction

AspectBoob Lift (Mastopexy)Breast AugmentationBreast Reduction
Primary GoalLift and reshape sagging breastsIncrease breast size and fullnessReduce breast size and alleviate discomfort
ProcedureRemoval of excess skin and repositioning of breasts and nipplesInsertion of implants or fat transfer to enlarge breastsRemoval of breast tissue, fat, and skin; may also involve a lift
Incision TypePeri-areolar, vertical, or anchor-shaped incisionsUsually inframammary or peri-areolar incisionsAnchor-shaped, or vertical incisions
Recovery Time2-4 weeks for initial recovery2-4 weeks for initial recovery4-6 weeks for initial recovery
AnesthesiaGeneral anesthesiaGeneral or local anesthesiaGeneral anesthesia
ScarringVariable, depending on incision typeGenerally minimal; hidden in natural breast contoursVariable, but generally more extensive than boob lift
BreastfeedingUsually unaffected, but there’s a risk of reduced sensitivityUsually unaffected; depends on incision location and techniqueMay affect ability to breastfeed
Pain LevelModerateModerateModerate to high
Ideal CandidatesWomen with sagging or drooping breasts who are generally happy with their sizeWomen who want to increase their breast size and fullnessWomen with overly large breasts causing physical discomfort
Additional EffectsMay include some reduction in breast size due to skin removalNone beyond size increaseUsually includes a lifting effect

Pre-Op Consultation: What Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

After undergoing a breast lift operation, it’s essential to have a clear understanding of the recovery process, the risks, and what to expect in the coming weeks and months. 

Asking your surgeon specific questions is crucial for achieving the best possible outcome. 

Here are some questions to consider asking:

 Recovery-Related Questions

1. What type of aftercare do I need?

2. How long should I expect to be in recovery?

3. When can I return to work or resume normal activities?

4. When can I start exercising again, and what types of exercise are most appropriate?

5. Do I need to wear a surgical bra? For how long?

6. What are the signs of infection or complications that I should be aware of?

7. When can I expect to see the final results of the lift?

8. How should I manage pain or discomfort during recovery?

 Medication and Supplements

9. What types of medications will I need to take post-surgery?

10. Are there any over-the-counter medications or supplements I should avoid during my recovery?

Follow-Up and Additional Procedures

11. When is my first follow-up appointment?

12. Will I need additional procedures or surgeries, such as revisions or additional lifts?

13. How often will I need to come in for check-ups following the surgery?

 Long-Term Considerations

14. How will the surgery affect my ability to breastfeed in the future, if at all?

15. Will I experience a loss of sensation in my breasts or nipples?

16. What is the typical longevity of the results? Will I need another lift in the future?

 Cosmetic Concerns

17. How do I manage scars, and will they fade over time?

18. Can I use cosmetic products like oils and creams during the healing process?

  1. Should I be taking prescription pain medication?

 Emergency Contacts

20. What should I do and who should I contact in case of an emergency or complications?

Remember, this is not an exhaustive list and depending on your specific situation, you might have more personalized questions. Don’t hesitate to ask anything; open communication with your surgeon is crucial for a successful recovery and satisfactory results.

Immediate Post-Op Phase

What Happens Right After Surgery?

Several key steps and procedures are typically followed to ensure patient safety and initiate the recovery process. 

Here’s what generally happens:

 In the Operating Room

Closing Incisions: Once the surgery is completed, your surgeon will close the incisions. This is usually done with sutures that may be dissolvable or may require removal at a later date.

Applying Dressings: Sterile bandages or dressings are applied over the incisions to protect them and aid in healing.

Assessment: Your vital signs will be closely monitored to ensure stability before moving you to a recovery room.

In the Recovery Room

Initial Monitoring: You’ll be taken to a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) or a recovery room, where healthcare providers will closely monitor your vital signs as you wake up from anesthesia.

Pain Management: You’ll likely be given medication to manage immediate post-operative pain.

Orientation: As the anesthesia wears off, the healthcare team will assess your state of alertness and overall well-being.

Preparing for Discharge

Post-Op Instructions: Before leaving the facility, you will be given detailed instructions about your at-home care, including wound care, medication schedules, and any restrictions on activities.

Fitting Supportive Garments: You’ll usually be fitted with a surgical bra that offers good support and helps to minimize swelling.

Discharge: Depending on the specifics of your surgery and your recovery state, you might be discharged on the same day or have a short hospital stay.

Arranging Transportation: You will not be allowed to drive immediately after surgery, so you’ll need someone to take you home.

Initial Follow-Up: You may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment within a week to monitor your progress and remove any non-dissolvable stitches.

First 24 Hours at Home

Rest: It’s crucial to get plenty of rest in the first 24 hours. You should have someone stay with you for the first night to assist with any immediate needs.

Hydration and Nutrition: You may be instructed to consume clear liquids initially and gradually transition to a regular diet.

Mobility: Light movement (e.g., walking around the house) may be encouraged to promote circulation, but strenuous activities are to be avoided.

Medication: Pain medication should be taken as directed, and it’s essential to keep up with any prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.

It’s important to follow all post-operative instructions carefully and contact your healthcare provider with any concerns or questions you may have. 

Note that individual experiences and protocols may vary, so always consult with your healthcare provider for the most accurate and personalized advice.

First 24 Hours: Immediate Do’s and Don’ts

Here is a guide outlining some immediate do’s and don’ts that could help you manage this initial phase more efficiently.


1. Follow Medical Instructions: Follow any instructions or medications prescribed by your surgeon, including pain management and wound care.

2. Rest: Your body has just undergone a significant surgical procedure, and rest is essential for healing. Keep your head elevated even when sleeping to minimize swelling.

3. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, to help flush out toxins and keep your body hydrated.

4. Wear Supportive Garments: Usually, a surgical or compression bra will be recommended to provide support and reduce swelling. Wear it as instructed by your surgeon.

5. Monitor Incisions: While you shouldn’t touch the surgical area unnecessarily, be alert for signs of infection like increased redness, warmth, or discharge.

6. Move Your Legs: While you should avoid strenuous activities, light leg movements are often encouraged to prevent blood clots.

7. Have a Support Person: Ensure that someone is available to help you with daily tasks, as your mobility will be restricted.

8. Eat Light: Opt for easily digestible foods like soups and crackers. This is especially important if you’re feeling nauseated post-anesthesia.

9. Contact Your Surgeon with Concerns: If you notice anything unusual or are in extreme discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider.


1. Avoid Strenuous Activities: This includes lifting heavy objects, bending, or any rapid movements that could strain your chest area.

2. No Smoking: Smoking hinders the healing process and increases the risk of complications. Avoid it before and after surgery, as advised by your surgeon.

3. Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol can interfere with your medications and the healing process.

4. Skip Caffeine: Caffeinated products can contribute to dehydration and may interact with your medications.

5. Don’t Bathe: You’ll likely be advised to avoid full-body baths or showers in the first 24 hours to protect your incisions.

6. Avoid Tight or Rubbing Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing that doesn’t rub against your incisions.

7. Don’t Drive: You’ll still be under the influence of anesthesia and pain medications, so driving is out of the question.

8. Avoid Sleeping on Your Stomach: This can put pressure on your breasts and disrupt the healing process.

Recovery Timeline

Certainly! Here’s a detailed recovery timeline for a boob lift (mastopexy) procedure. Please note that individual recovery times can vary based on several factors, including the extent of the surgery, individual health, age, and more. This is a general guide, and your surgeon will provide specifics tailored to your procedure.

Week 1: Immediate Post-Op

Day 1-3:

  • Moderate pain, which should be manageable with prescribed pain medications.
  • Swelling and bruising will be apparent.
  • You might experience numbness or an altered sensation in the breasts.
  • Surgical drains, if used, will collect excess fluid.
  • Wear a surgical or compression bra as instructed to support healing and reduce swelling.

Day 4-7:

  • Gradual reduction in pain and discomfort.
  • Increased mobility, but avoid lifting, bending, and strenuous activities.
  • Some surgeons might allow gentle showers, avoiding direct water pressure on the breasts.
  • Surgical drains, if used, might be removed.
  • Follow-up appointment with the surgeon to assess healing.

Week 2-3:

  • Swelling and bruising continue to decrease.
  • Numbness or tingling sensations may persist but should start diminishing.
  • Stitches may be removed around the end of the second week, depending on the type used.
  • Light activities can be resumed, but refrain from any actions that strain the chest.
  • Continue wearing the supportive bra 24/7 unless instructed otherwise.

Week 4-6:

  • Most of the initial swelling should be gone by now.
  • Sensations in the breasts should gradually return to normal.
  • Resumption of moderate exercise may be possible, but it’s crucial to avoid exercises that directly impact the chest.
  • Regular bras can potentially be worn, but underwire bras should be avoided until the surgeon gives the green light.

2-3 Months Post-Op:

  • The majority of the swelling will have subsided.
  • Scars begin to fade but will continue to mature over the next several months.
  • Return to more vigorous exercise routines, but always consult with your surgeon before doing so.

6 Months – 1 Year Post-Op:

  • Scars continue to fade and soften.
  • The final result of the boob lift will be more apparent.
  • Regular check-ups with your surgeon to monitor healing and the settling of the breast tissues.
  • Return to normal activities, including wearing regular bras of your choice.

Throughout the recovery process, always follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully. Ensure you attend all follow-up appointments, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider if you have concerns or experience any unexpected symptoms.

Remember that individual experiences can vary, and this timeline is a general overview.

Tips for a Smoother Recovery

Wearing the Right Support: Importance of Surgical Bras

Following the surgery, the breast tissues will need time to settle into their new position. A surgical bra provides the necessary support to keep them stabilized, reducing the risk of unwanted movement.

Minimize Swelling

By exerting even pressure across the breast area, surgical bras can help reduce post-operative swelling, a common side effect of the surgery.

Incision Care

Surgical bras are designed to minimize irritation around the incision sites, protecting them from abrasion and reducing the risk of infection.

Avoid Nipple Pressure

Certain surgical bras are tailored to relieve pressure from the nipple area, which is particularly important if nipple repositioning is part of the procedure.

Optimized Design

Unlike regular bras, surgical bras are designed without underwires and are made of soft, breathable materials, offering optimal comfort during recovery.


Many surgical bras come with adjustable straps and front closures, allowing for a custom fit and making it easier for patients to put on and take off without exerting pressure on the healing breasts.

Maintain Surgical Results

Providing uniform support helps in maintaining the new breast shape and ensures that the results of the boob lift are long-lasting.

Scar Minimization

By reducing tension on the healing incisions, surgical bras can contribute to less noticeable scarring.

Enhanced Healing

Consistent and gentle pressure from the surgical bra promotes better blood circulation, which is essential for wound healing and tissue regeneration.

Peace of Mind

Knowing that the breasts are well-supported and protected can offer patients significant peace of mind during the recovery process.

Diet and Nutrition: Foods That Aid Healing

  • Water: Adequate hydration supports cellular function and tissue repair. Aim to drink at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water daily, though individual needs can vary.
  • Limit Caffeine and Alcohol: Both can dehydrate the body. If consumed, ensure you’re drinking additional water to compensate.
  • Protein: Provides the building blocks (amino acids) necessary for tissue repair and regeneration.
    Sources: Lean meats (chicken, turkey, and fish), eggs, dairy products, legumes, tofu, tempeh, quinoa, and nuts.
  • Vitamin C: Aids in collagen synthesis, which is crucial for wound healing. Sources include citrus fruits, bell peppers, strawberries, and broccoli.
  • Vitamin A: Supports epithelial cell growth, which is beneficial for wound healing. Found in carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, and eggs.
  • Zinc: Essential for protein synthesis and cell growth, aiding in tissue repair. Sources include beans, nuts, whole grains, and dairy.
  • Iron: Supports red blood cells in carrying oxygen, essential for tissue repair. Sources include red meat, poultry, fish, legumes, and fortified cereals.
  • Anti-inflammatory Foods: Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts can help reduce inflammation. Turmeric and ginger are natural anti-inflammatory agents that can be incorporated into meals.
  • Fiber: Post-operative constipation can be a side effect of anesthesia and certain pain medications. Ensure your diet is rich in fiber to promote healthy bowel movements.
    Sources include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and seeds.
  • Avoid Processed Foods: Limit foods high in sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats. These can promote inflammation and hinder the healing process.
  • Limit Salt Intake: Excessive sodium can increase swelling and fluid retention. Monitor the salt in processed foods and try not to add extra salt to meals.
  • Supplements: Discuss with your surgeon before taking any supplements, as some can interfere with healing or medications. For example, high doses of vitamin E can increase bleeding risk, and some herbal supplements can interfere with anesthesia or pain medications.
  • Stay Away from Nicotine: While not a dietary consideration per se, it’s crucial to avoid nicotine, including in cigarettes and nicotine replacement products. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, impairs circulation, and can significantly delay wound healing.

Exercise and Physical Activity: When and How to Resume

Resuming exercise and physical activity after a boob lift (mastopexy) requires a cautious and gradual approach. It’s essential to follow your surgeon’s recommendations and listen to your body.

Here’s a general guideline on what you can expect during your recovery:

Week 1: Immediate Post-Op

  • Rest: The first week post-op is crucial for initial healing. Avoid any strenuous activity and focus on rest.
  • Minimal Movement: While bed rest is recommended, short, gentle walks around your home can help with blood circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots.
  • No Lifting: Do not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds. This includes children, pets, and even certain handbags.

Week 2-3

  • Light Activity: Continue with gentle walks, gradually increasing the distance as you feel comfortable.
  • Avoid Aerobic Exercise: Refrain from any exercise that raises your heart rate significantly, as this can increase swelling.
  • No Upper Body Exercises: Protect the chest area from any strain.

Week 4-6

  • Gradual Resumption: You might be cleared to start low-impact exercises such as stationary cycling or walking on a treadmill.
  • Still No Upper Body Strain: Though you’re resuming some activities, continue to avoid exercises that strain the chest, like push-ups or lifting heavy objects.
  • No Swimming: Pools and other water bodies might harbor bacteria, increasing the risk of infection. Wait until your incisions are fully healed.

2-3 Months Post-Op

  • Moderate Exercise: Depending on your healing progress, you might be cleared for more intense aerobic exercises, like jogging.
  • Begin Upper Body Work: Gentle upper body exercises can be reintroduced, but always start light and increase gradually.
  • No Heavy Lifting: Continue to avoid lifting anything too heavy to prevent strain and ensure optimal scar healing.

3-6 Months Post-Op

  • Resume Regular Routine: Most patients can return to their regular exercise routines by this time, but it’s always essential to get clearance from your surgeon.
  • Monitor Discomfort: While resuming exercises, especially those involving the chest like bench presses, be attentive to any discomfort or pain.

Tips and Considerations

  1. Listen to Your Body: While the above is a general guideline, everyone heals at a different pace. If something feels uncomfortable or painful, stop immediately.
  2. Wear Support: Once you start exercising, ensure you’re wearing a good support bra to protect your breasts.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially as you increase your activity levels.
  4. Avoid Direct Sun: Protect scars from direct sunlight during outdoor activities for at least a year, as this can darken and damage the scars.
  5. Consult Regularly: Regularly consult with your surgeon, especially before advancing to more rigorous exercise stages.

Remember that the goal during recovery is to ensure the best possible results from your boob lift. Prioritizing healing over rushing back into exercise will offer long-term benefits. Always consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice.

Scar Care: Oils, Creams, and Techniques

Scar care is a vital aspect of recovery after a boob lift (mastopexy), especially if you want to minimize the appearance of scars and ensure they heal well. Proper scar care can make scars less noticeable and prevent complications like keloids or hypertrophic scars. Here are some recommendations for oils, creams, and techniques:


Vitamin E Oil: This is one of the most popular remedies for scars. It’s an antioxidant that can potentially accelerate healing and improve the skin’s texture. However, some people can be allergic or sensitive to it, so it’s recommended to do a patch test first.

Bio-Oil: It’s a commercial product that contains a blend of botanical oils and vitamins. It’s specifically formulated to improve the appearance of scars and uneven skin tone.

Rosehip Oil: Rich in essential fatty acids, rosehip oil can potentially improve skin flexibility and permeability, making it popular for scar healing.

Coconut Oil: Contains lauric, caprylic, and capric acid, which have antimicrobial properties. Its moisturizing properties can keep the scar tissue moisturized.


Silicone Gel Sheets or Creams: Silicone has been shown to be effective in reducing scar appearance. They work by hydrating the scar and preventing excessive collagen buildup.

Mederma: An over-the-counter topical gel, Mederma is formulated with Cepalin (onion extract) and has been popular for improving the appearance of scars.

Hydroquinone: This is a skin-lightening agent that can help fade post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation around scars. It’s essential to consult a dermatologist before using hydroquinone.


Massage: Gentle massage can break down scar tissue and improve circulation, promoting healing. It can also help prevent the scar from adhering to underlying tissues.

Sun Protection: Protecting scars from the sun is crucial, as scars can darken or discolor with sun exposure, making them more noticeable. Always apply a high-SPF sunscreen or keep the area covered.

Pressure Garments: In cases where more extensive scarring is a concern, a dermatologist or surgeon might recommend pressure garments to reduce scar formation.

Laser Therapy: In some cases, laser treatments can be used to improve the appearance, texture, and color of scars.

General Tips

Keep It Clean: Always ensure the scar is clean to prevent infections. Infections can worsen the appearance.
Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water and keeping the skin moisturized can aid in scar healing.
Avoid Irritants: Refrain from using harsh soaps, lotions, or cosmetics on the scar until it’s fully healed.

Emotional and Psychological Aspects

Managing Emotional Ups and Downs

Recovering from a boob lift procedure is not only a physical journey but an emotional one as well. After the surgery, it’s common for patients to go through a myriad of emotions, ranging from elation at the thought of a transformed body to anxiety about the healing process and final results.

The physical discomfort, coupled with restrictions on daily activities, can occasionally lead to feelings of frustration or even depression. It’s essential to understand that these feelings are a normal part of the recovery process.

Being patient with oneself, setting realistic expectations, and seeking support from friends, family, or professionals can be incredibly beneficial. Open communication with the surgeon about both physical and emotional concerns can also provide reassurance.

Remember, it’s a transformative journey, and with time, as the body heals and adjusts, emotional equilibrium often returns, leaving most patients pleased with their decision and the outcomes.

Returning to Work: What to Consider

Returning to work after a boob lift is a significant consideration for many patients. The timeline and ease of transitioning back to the workplace largely depend on the nature of the job and how an individual heals. Here’s an overview of what patients can generally expect:

Desk Jobs or Non-Physical Work

For those with sedentary jobs that don’t require much physical exertion, such as office work or remote desk jobs, the typical return-to-work timeline is around 1-2 weeks post-operation. Some might even feel ready to work remotely from home within several days, especially if they can do so without significant discomfort.

Physically Demanding Jobs

For those in professions that require heavy lifting, prolonged standing, or significant physical activity, it might be necessary to take a more extended leave of absence. Most surgeons would recommend waiting at least 3–4 weeks before resuming such roles, and even then, certain restrictions might apply.

Customer-facing Roles

If the job involves regular interaction with clients or the public, some individuals might prefer to wait until the majority of the noticeable swelling or bruising has subsided. This consideration is more about personal comfort and confidence than a medical necessity.

Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to Work

Flexible Schedule

If possible, consider returning to work on a part-time basis or having a flexible schedule initially. This allows you to gradually adjust without overexerting yourself.

Work Environment

Ensure you have a comfortable chair and workspace. It might be helpful to have items within easy reach, so you don’t have to stretch or strain.


Wear loose, comfortable clothing, especially if you’re still wearing post-operative garments or bandages.


Keep open communication with your employer or HR department. They might offer accommodations or additional support during your transition back to work.

Listen to Your Body

If you find that you’re fatigued or experiencing discomfort, it’s essential to take breaks, rest, and, if necessary, consult with your surgeon about your symptoms.

Post-op Appointments

Remember to schedule post-operative check-ups. You might need to take some time off work for these appointments, so it’s good to plan ahead.

Every individual’s healing process is unique, so while these are general guidelines, always consult with your surgeon about the best timeline for returning to work based on your personal recovery and the nature of your job.

Final Thoughts

Boob lift recovery is a journey that intertwines both physical healing and emotional transformation. While the initial days post-surgery can be marked by discomfort and adjustment, with time, patients often rediscover a newfound confidence and satisfaction with their bodies.

It’s essential to remember that each person’s healing journey is unique, so patience, self-care, and following professional advice are key. If you’re contemplating a boob lift or are in the early stages of recovery, always seek guidance and lean into the support available to you.

Ready to embrace a transformed you? Reach out today and let us guide you through every step of your mastopexy journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

How painful is breast lift recovery?

Breast lift recovery can involve some degree of pain and discomfort, which is most pronounced in the first few days following the surgery. The level of pain varies from person to person, but many patients describe it as a tight or sore feeling rather than sharp pain. Pain can be effectively managed with prescribed pain medications and by following post-operative care recommendations.

How long does breast lift recovery last?

Full recovery from a breast lift typically takes several weeks. Most patients can resume daily activities within a week and return to work after 1-2 weeks, depending on the nature of their job. However, it can take several months for all swelling to subside and scars to mature.

How long does it take to recover from breast lift augmentation?

Breast lift augmentation, which combines a breast lift with breast augmentation (implants), may extend the recovery time slightly compared to a standalone breast lift. On average, most patients can resume normal activities within 2-3 weeks. However, full recovery, particularly involving strenuous activities and exercises, might take up to 6-8 weeks.

What is the recovery time for a breast lift without implants?

A breast lift without implants generally involves a recovery period of several weeks. While patients can often return to non-strenuous activities and work within 1-2 weeks, it’s crucial to avoid heavy lifting and rigorous exercises for about 4-6 weeks to allow optimal healing.

Can I combine a boob lift with other procedures?

Yes, a boob lift can be combined with other procedures, commonly known as a “mommy makeover.” This could include procedures like tummy tucks, liposuction, or breast augmentation. Combining surgeries can mean a longer recovery period, but it also means undergoing anesthesia only once and condensing recovery times. Always consult with your surgeon to determine the best approach for your desired outcomes.

Will I lose sensation in my breasts?

There’s a possibility of temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation after a breast lift. While most patients experience only temporary numbness that gradually improves over weeks to months, a small percentage might have prolonged changes in sensation. The risk varies based on the surgical technique used and individual factors.

How will the surgery affect breastfeeding in the future?

Most breast lift techniques preserve the vital ducts and glandular tissue needed for breastfeeding. However, there’s always some risk that breastfeeding could be affected. It’s essential to discuss this concern with your surgeon, especially if future breastfeeding is a priority for you. If you’re planning to have more children and breastfeed, you might choose to delay the surgery until after you’re done having children.