Breast Lift Recovery in Scottsdale, AZ

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Pablo Prichard in Scottsdale is a renowned expert in procedures such as the breast lift. His careful attention to detail and fully individualized approach ensure you have the smoothest surgery and recovery possible. Below is specific information about the breast lift recovery process so you know what to expect.

How Long Will It Take to Recover from Anesthesia?

Breast lift surgery patients receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. Either way, it will typically take four to eight hours to wear off completely. This type of surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll probably be released a couple of hours after it is done. You will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home.

Will I Have Bandages and Sutures?

Once your operation is complete, Dr. Prichard will close the incisions with sutures and apply bandages necessary to keep the incisions clean and allow for proper healing. In some instances, small tubes are also temporarily placed in each incision to allow for the drainage of excess fluid. These tubes, sutures, and bandages will be removed at a follow-up appointment with Dr. Prichard as your recovery progresses.

How Long Do I Need to Wear the Compression Garment?

In addition to bandages, you’ll also be given a compression garment or specially designed support bra. You’ll need to wear this for four to six weeks to help reduce swelling and support your breasts while they adhere to their new shape. You can take it off when you shower.

What Can I Do to Speed Up the Healing Process?

Most patients report some swelling and soreness over the first two or three weeks of recovery as the body heals. Make sure you get plenty of rest during this time. If necessary, apply a cold compress (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) to reduce discomfort.

If you are currently taking blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications, Dr. Prichard might alter your dosage for a short period. This will help prevent undue inflammation and speed up healing.

When Can I Go Back to Work and the Gym?

You should be able to return to work and the rest of your daily routine seven to ten days after your surgery. However, if your job involves a lot of manual labor, you might need to wait six to twelve weeks. The same goes for other intense physical activities, such as the gym. During your follow-up appointment, Dr. Prichard will examine how your recovery is progressing and then give you a more exact timetable.


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Will It Be Noticeable That I Had Surgery?

Dr. Prichard only uses the most modern and precise incision techniques in order to hide and reduce the appearance of scars as much as possible. For example, the periareolar, or “donut,” method is used to encircle the areola to hide the scar within that darker pigmentation. When other types of incisions are required, they are still designed to fade from view and be less noticeable over time.

Short-Term Recovery for Long-Term Results

Complete recovery from breast lift surgery can take a couple of months, but the incredible results and drastically improved appearance of your breasts can last for years, if not permanently. To learn about what your potential breast lift recovery process might be like, contact the office of Dr. Pablo Prichard today for more information.

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