Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Post-Operative Instruction
- Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Follow balanced diet.
- Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.
- Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.
- Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
- Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention.
- If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
- Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
- Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
- Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
- Do not drive car for 2 weeks; after 2 weeks, only drive car with automatic shift and power steering.
- Do not drive until you have full range of motion with your arms.
- Limit use of arms for 4-6 weeks.
- No heavy lifting.
- Avoid strenuous exercise and activities for 4-6 weeks.
- Social and employment activities can be resumed in 7-14 days (this will vary depending on your type of work).
- If drainage tubes have been placed, you may shower 48 hours after removal.
- Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
- Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
- Keep steri-strips on.
- Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
- No tub soaking while sutures or drains are in place.
- Leave dressing on for length of time prescribed by your surgeon.
- Wear your surgical bra 24/7 for 6 weeks post op (your surgeon may modify these instructions).
What to Expect
- There may be postoperative pain, temporary bruising, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin, swelling and discoloration.
- May be some loss of sensation in the nipples.
- Sagging breasts can recur with the aging process, pregnancy and weight changes.
- Scars will fade in several months to a year.
- Wearing a bra helps to maintain your new appearance.
- Increased firmness.
- Drainage tubes are removed when the 24 hour output is less than 30 ml x 2 days.
- Sutures are removed in 7-14 days.
When to Call
- If you have increased swelling or bruising.
- If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
- If you have increased redness along the incision.
- If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
- If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
- If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
- If you have any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
- If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
- If you have loss of feeling or motion.
For Medical Questions, Please Call:
- (734) 998-6022, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- After hours and on weekends, call Hospital Paging at (734) 936-6267 and ask for the Plastic Surgeon on call.