In San Luis Obispo County, the key to a swift and successful recovery from a breast lift lies in thorough preparation and establishing realistic expectations for the post-operative period. Our team is dedicated to providing the necessary support to ensure you feel both comfortable and confident as you approach your breast lift procedure. We invite you to reach out to us today to gain further insights and receive personalized advice on what you can anticipate following your surgery.

The Days Before Surgery

Before your San Luis Obispo County breast lift surgery, make proper plans for recovery so that you are set up for success when you get home.

Filling Medications

Make sure that you have all necessary routine or surgery-related medications filled and at home so you can avoid a trip to the pharmacy after your procedure. You may want to request easy-to-take off tops for your medication bottles as they could be difficult to open on your own after surgery.

Meal Preparation

Make sure your refrigerator is stocked with nutritious foods that are ready to eat or cook in the microwave. You will not be able to slice and dice after surgery. Remember to include plenty of fluids and fiber in your post-operation diet plan.

Ice Packs and Other Necessities

Create some ice packs, or have a few packages of frozen peas or corn, that will be ready and waiting in your freezer. The cold will help reduce swelling and ease pain.

Hair Care

You may not be able to use blow dryers and curling irons for a month so make sure your hair care is easy to manage. If your hair is long, braid it for the day of surgery so it is out of the way. If your hair is short, make sure your style will not require care beyond a wash and comb out.

Setting a Daily Routine

Remember that you will struggle to push, pull, grip, twist, or reach after surgery. You will want a simple skincare routine because bringing your hands up to your face will be difficult in the beginning. You will also need clothes and shoes that are easy to slip on. Button or zip-up front tops and elastic waist pants will be the easiest clothing for you to get into. Be sure to have them ready to wear.

After Your Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery routinely takes about two to three hours, and it is done under general anesthesia. You will spend approximately one to two hours in the recovery room. After your procedure, you will be ready to go home. You will need to have someone driving you to and from surgery, and you will also want someone available to help you around the house for at least the first few days.

Get Extra Rest

As part of your recovery from breast lift surgery in San Luis Obispo County, you will need to rest. Your body may need extra sleep to heal.

Incorporate Walking

Walk when you are able. Even extra walking inside your home helps to keep blood flow going and help you maintain your strength. We encourage walking a small amount every two to three hours while you are awake.

Wear a Compression Garment

Dr. Chalekson will typically recommend wearing a compression garment or sports bra following your procedure to help provide support, speed up the healing process, and help your skin conform to the new size and shape of your breasts.

Help With Daily Tasks

Be sure you know how you will get around for the first three weeks after surgery because you cannot drive until you can safely operate a vehicle and are off prescription pain medications. You also cannot lift more than a few pounds for the first four weeks and cannot do strenuous activities for about six weeks. This means you may need help with self-care, grocery shopping, and other activities.

Healing Timeline

Recovery times will vary from person to person depending on multiple factors including overall health and extent of surgery. On average, many women are able to return to work within a week after surgery as long as they do not have very physically demanding jobs. Your body will continue to heal and you should notice any swelling and tenderness subside over the next several weeks.

Call for More Recovery Tips for Your Breast Lift in San Luis Obispo County

We care about each of our patients as individuals, and we are here to help with your breast lift recovery in San Luis Obispo County. We want you to have the best results possible.

Contact our team for more information or to set up an initial consultation. As a premier plastic surgery destination, we welcome patients from across the country and throughout California, including San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Cambria, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria.


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