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Everything You Need to Know About Breast Lift: Post-Op Recovery

Breast lifting is a common enough plastic surgery procedure that can bring about major improvements in the shape and appearance of your breasts. Generally, women past a certain age, or who have gone through major weight changes are in line for breast lift Newport Beach operation.

Of course, you should always discuss your need for such an operation with your doctor, and also with a trusted friend, relative, or significant other before you do anything. But if you are unhappy that your breasts are saggy, loose or have lost their shape, then a breast lift operation may be right for you.

We’ve talked, in other articles, about the surgical procedure itself, so now let’s focus a bit on the aftermath of the operation. In the lines below, we’ll take you through some post-op recovery care tips.

1.   Be alert, though don’t be panicky.

As with any other operation, it’s easy to let the risks get to your head. And while it’s true that breast lift surgery carries with it some risks, they are usually minimal, when you’re in the hands of an experienced doctor. So don’t spend all your waking hours panicking about all the bad things that might happen.

However, it is equally important that you remain alert in the weeks after your breast lift operation. Fever, chills, tingling, or accumulation of blood at the surgery site (hematoma) should all be cause of concern and should be reported to your doctor immediately.

2.   Let long walks become your new best friend.

After a surgical intervention on the chest, you will be encouraged to avoid heavy exercise (or any intense movement) in the upper body area for at least 4-6 weeks. This, of course, includes cardio, ab workouts, and even more relaxed exercises, like yoga.

However, this shouldn’t mean you lie motionless for the next two months, as that can actually be detrimental to your healing process. So instead, focus on your lower body. Take long walks in nature to stimulate the blood flow, which will, in turn, speed up recovery.

3.   Take good care of your breasts.

Pay close attention to your incisions, so as to spot early signs of infection, and respect the surgeon’s indications to the letter. Avoid soaking your breasts into water (e.g. tubs, pools, sea, etc.) for at least a few weeks, so as to allow the incision site to recover.

4.   Hydrate and stock up on Vitamin K.

Vitamin K may not be as popular as Vitamins A or C, but it is crucial to the wound healing and recovery process. This is why surgeons usually recommend that their patients stock up on yogurt, lettuce, and other products rich in Vitamin K in the weeks post-operation.

Also, it’s important that you get plenty of hydration, to stimulate the production of new, healthy skin cells.

5.    Talk to your surgeon.

Just because the operation is done, it doesn’t mean that the hard part is over. You will need to keep in close contact with your surgeon over the recovery period, and alert them to any changes or potential concerns. Also, make sure you don’t neglect check-up appointments, as they are vital in ensuring everything is working properly with your new and improved breasts!

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