After the procedure, you will be taken from the operating theatre to a recovery room, where you will come round from the anaesthesia under close supervision.
You will probably experience some pain, swelling and bruising immediately after the operation. This is normal and your symptoms will start to improve over the next few weeks.
We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you've left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.
When you get home you’ll need to take things easy at first. Arrange around two weeks off work and you'll gradually be able to return to normal activity within 4 to 6 weeks. Light activity will be comfortable after around two weeks but you shouldn't do anything too active - like go to the gym or go swimming - for around a month.
Your surgeon will probably recommend that you wear a firm dressing or support bra for a few weeks while you heal. This will help to stop the weight of your breasts pulling on your healing wounds.
You will be left with scars from the incisions but these should ease with time and your surgeon will always try to put them in less visible places, beneath or around the side of your breasts. The extent of the scarring will also depend on your skin type, age and the efforts you make to eat healthily after the operation. Bruising, twinges and pains may continue for the first few weeks and it may take several months for your breasts to settle into shape. Changes in sensation are quite common. Different parts of the breasts, including the nipples, can become more or less sensitive than before. This is usually temporary, but can be permanent.
How your loved ones can help
Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive. You should also ask them if they can run some light errands for the first week or two, such as shopping and cleaning, as you may not feel up to it at first.
Looking after you
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. After a breast uplift our consultants will typically want to see you after a week, with further follow-up appointments in the first six months to see how you are doing.
Like all medical treatments, breast uplift does carry the risk of complications but most people are unaffected. Complications specific to this operation include infection, bleeding inside the breast, wound problems and it’s possible that your breasts may not be exactly the same shape or size as each other, or that your nipples may be unevenly positioned after surgery. Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
If you experience any of the following symptoms – bleeding, calf pain or breathlessness, severe pain, swelling, fever and the breast being unusually hot to the touch - please call us straight away.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, we're ready to help.