Immediately following a breast lift with augmentation, one’s breasts will be swollen, firmer and larger than the ultimate “long term” result. The swelling and firmness will subside over a period of several weeks to a few months and is better facilitated by adherence to proper care as outlined in the postoperative instructions provided by your plastic surgeon. Though recommendations do vary among plastic surgeons, this generally includes wearing a supportive bra on a regular basis, limiting highly aerobic and strenuous activities for a few weeks after surgery and avoiding blood thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen in the perioperative period.
It can take several months for most of the swelling to subside and the breasts to feel softer with most of the “final” result seen by around six months. However, it can take a year or more for the scars to fully mature. There are various scar treatment products available that can be used during a segment of the postoperative period that can help you obtain the best aesthetic outcome. Minimizing sun exposure, following early activity restrictions and avoiding smoking can further assist in helping you obtain the best possible scars.
Ultimately, every patient heals differently so the exact amount of time it will take for your breasts to appear normal after breast lift with augmentation will vary by individual. For a more personalized answer to this question, I recommend scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can provide a close estimate based on your needs, age, health and various other factors.
– Steven H. Turkeltaub, MD
A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19
In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.
We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.
For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.
In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.
We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.
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