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