Breast Lift Recovery

Approximately 2 to 4 hours will be needed for your breast lift surgery and Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. David Kaufman performs breast procedures in his outpatient surgical facility in Folsom.

After surgery, you’ll spend about 45 minutes to an hour in our recovery room where we’ll monitor you and help you get ready to return home to rest and heal. You’ll have gauze dressings over your breasts and a soft support bra.

Prior to your surgery, Dr. Kaufman and his professional staff will ensure you have post-operative instructions for your recovery and that you’re fully prepared for the following days and what can be expected. You’ll know which medications you need and when, as well as how to return to your activities gradually.

Call us at (916) 983-9895 or contact us online to learn if breast surgery could be right for you.

Breast Lift Recovery Basics

  1. Following surgery, for the first 2 to 3 days, you’ll be most comfortable in a semi-reclining position, as swelling and aching will be reduced in this position.
  2. It is important that you move about and not be completely sedentary in order to reduce the chance of blood clots forming in your legs.
  3. Some women develop back pain or muscle spasms from sleeping in a semi-reclined position. If this happens to you, try a heating pad and have a loved one massage the area.
  4. Your stomach may be somewhat delicate for a few days, so we advise avoiding greasy and spicy foods at first. Also, it’s a good idea to have antacids on hand just in case.
  5. On your first day after surgery, at your post-operative appointment, we’ll change your dressings and make sure you’re healing well. Thin bandages called steri strips will remain to help the incisions heal.
  6. Every patient’s recovery period is different. If you pay close attention to what’s going on with your body, you’ll know what you can and cannot do. You should be able to go back to work within 1 to 2 weeks, but we ask you to avoid heavy lifting, frequent bending, jogging and reaching high overhead for the first 3 to 5 weeks.
  7. Do not wear sport bras or underwire bras for several weeks, as they may impede proper healing by putting uneven pressure on incisions and pushing your breasts too high. The best type of bra to wear at first is a “sleep-in” bra. If you can’t get one, just find soft bras and remove any underwire.
  8. Your menstrual cycle may be different at first, but should return to normal in a month or two.

Dr. Kaufman will give you complete pre-operative and post-operative instructions before surgery, and his staff will help ensure you’re ready as well. The whole team has your safety, comfort and privacy in mind as they help you achieve your surgical goals.

After Your Procedure

After your breast lift, you can expect to feel good in about a week and totally recovered by 8 weeks or sooner. Although you do not have to worry about damaging your breasts, we do ask that you allow yourself time to rest and focus on healing. Doing too much too soon could cause discomfort and a possible hematoma (a collection of blood) that will require surgery to be drained. When it comes to your recovery, patience is key.

Dr. David Kaufman is a board-certified Sacramento plastic surgeon. He’s highly experienced in breast surgery and proudly provides natural looking results for his patients. Request a consultation with Dr. Kaufman by calling our office at (916) 983-9895. We look forward to working with you!