What is the recovery like?
The pain associated with a breast lift tends to be mild. Most women report discomfort along the incision lines that is well controlled by oral medication. Breast lifts combined with implants have more discomfort for the first forty-eight hours due to implant placement under the pectoral muscles.
A simple surgical bra that opens in the front is worn for one week. Regular bras with wires can be worn after that. There are no drains to remove. Skin stitches dissolve and do not require removal.
Most activities that do not involve lifting and carrying heavy items can be resumed after one week, including return to work. Flying and driving are not recommended for two weeks. Mild cardiovascular exercise without impact such as a stationary bike can begin gradually at two weeks. More intense exercise can resume at six weeks but activities such as jogging, weightlifting, ball sports, yoga, pilates, skiing, and horseback riding should be delayed for two months.