The recovery period that follows a combined breast lift and augmentation procedure can generally be expected to be similar to the recovery associated with either a breast lift or breast augmentation procedure performed on its own. However, based on a number of individual factors, surgical recovery can still vary considerably from patient to patient. The best source of information is a personal consultation with an experienced surgeon who is familiar with a patient’s case. In Tampa, FL, many patients turn to Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a Board-certified plastic surgeon at Bayshore Plastic Surgery who performs breast surgery and other cosmetic procedures and is highly respected throughout the community.
As explained by Dr. Greenwald, most patients experience varying degrees of discomfort during the first few days after a breast enhancement procedure, and the pain usually subsides gradually over the next few weeks. Surgical incisions generally heal within six weeks, at which time most women are able to resume many of their regular activities. However, as the breasts continue to “settle,” they can remain sore, swollen, bruised, and tight for up to several months.
Some of the factors that can influence breast lift and augmentation recovery include:
- The size and placement of the implants (larger implants and subpectoral placement usually increase the level of post-operative discomfort due to the necessary stretching of the breast skin and tissue)
- The surgical technique and incision pattern (the vertical and anchor techniques generally create longer incisions that can take more time to heal)
- A woman’s individual pain tolerance and use of post-operative pain medications
Most patients are able to resume light activity and return to work within one to two weeks post-op. While walking is usually encouraged as soon as possible after surgery, other forms of exercise should be postponed until a woman receives clearance from her surgeon. In addition to attending regular follow-up appointments, a patient should contact her surgeon whenever she has any questions or experiences any problems.
Patients in the Tampa, Florida, area who are interested in learning more about the recovery associated with a combined breast lift and augmentation procedure can receive personalized advice from Dr. Greenwald. To schedule an appointment, call Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 1-888-840-3199.