What to Expect after Breast Lift Surgery


A breast lift is an effective way to restore a perkier, more youthful looking breast appearance after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. However, it is not right for everyone. It is important to fully understand the recovery process after a breast lift before deciding whether you would like to move forward with this procedure.

The best way to learn more about the breast lift procedure and recovery period is to speak with Dr. John Corey in person. Please call 855-515-4177 today to schedule a consultation with our Scottsdale plastic surgeon.

Immediately after Your Breast Lift Surgery

After your breast lift surgery, your breasts will be wrapped with gauze bandage as well as a tighter bandage for protection and support. You also may have drainage tubes coming out of the incision for several days to help drain any excess fluid.

Before you undergo breast lift surgery, you must arrange a ride home, as you will not be able to drive yourself. You may also need assistance at home over the next couple of days.

It is important to take the medication prescribed to you by Dr. Corey and follow all post-op instructions. There will be some amount of scarring associated with breast lift surgery. The degree of scarring, along with its size, position, and appearance, will vary for each individual patient. Expect your scars to be pink for the first few weeks, but they will begin to fade after several months.

Breast Lift Recovery Tips

Here are some other breast lift recovery tips:

  • Rest is essential for proper healing, so make sure you get plenty of it. Also drink lots of water and other fluids to stay hydrated.
  • After a few days, your gauze dressing will be removed. You may be required to wear a support bra to help your breasts form and maintain a perky, balanced shape. You may or may not be able to shower, depending on where your stitches are located.
  • For the first three to five days, keep your arm extension minimal. Refrain from raising your elbows higher than your armpit to allow your breast tissue time to heal.
  • You will probably be able to resume calm, quiet work within a few days of your breast lift surgery. You should still avoid strenuous physical activity for several weeks. Dr. Corey will advise you as to when you can resume full activity and your normal exercise regimen.
  • Within 10 days, your stitches will be removed, but swelling will go down gradually over the course of several weeks. When your breasts are swollen, they may seem hard and/or uneven, but this is only temporary.

Please contact Dr. John Corey today to schedule your initial breast lift consultation. We serve patients in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, and Tempe, Arizona.