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4 weeks after breast lift surgery

It’s been 4 weeks since my breast lift surgery, and I’m finally ready to share my experience with you guys!

I decided to get a breast lift when I was 25 years old. My breasts had sagged a lot after breastfeeding my two children, and I wanted them to be as perky as they were when I was younger.

I went through the procedure in May 2019 at [hospital name], and it was a very positive experience. The nurses were so kind, and the doctor explained everything thoroughly.

When I woke up after the surgery, my pain level was about a 3 out of 10. There was some bruising on my chest that lasted for about a week before it faded away completely. The stitches didn’t bother me much at all—they just felt like little bumps under my skin that weren’t painful at all.

The hardest part of healing has been wearing those tight-fitting bras (they’re necessary for support). But overall, it’s been pretty easy going back to work right after surgery because I only need two weeks off from work before returning full-time in mid-June 2019!

4 weeks after breast lift surgery


Temporary bruising, swelling and numbness are common the first night after surgery.  You may need to go to the bathroom frequently during the night because of the IV fluids you were given during your surgery. Drink a lot of fluids in order to keep up with this fluid loss. As your body begins to balance itself out, it will rid itself of this extra “water weight and everything will return back to normal. You should leave all of your bandages intact overnight including your Bra and elastic ACE wrap.


The next morning following your surgery, you will return to Dr Motykie’s office for your first post-operative visit. You should leave all bandages and dressings intact overnight and until you reach the office the following morning.  Upon arrival to the office you will be escorted to a private examination room where your dressings will be changed and your operative sites will be evaluated. After your examination, you will be placed back into your surgical brassiere and ACE compression wrap and you will be allowed to return back to your home. All of your questions will be answered and you will be given instructions for the following week that will include the following:

You may feel tired and sore for several days following the surgery.  Your breasts will be swollen and tender. The sensation/feeling in the areolas/nipples may also be diminished the immediate post-operative period and may take several months to return to normal. Specific instructions regarding exercise, bras, compression bandages/garments will also be provided. Strenuous activity, particularly utilizing the chest and arms, will be restricted for the first few weeks after surgery. You will most likely be able to return to work within a few days depending on your job. Patients may shower the next day after surgery with care taken to not soak the sticky tapes over the insertion site. Aerobic and impact cardio exercise should be avoided for one to two weeks post-operatively. Weight lifting should be avoided for 3-4 weeks post-operatively and chest exercise should not begin until 4-6 weeks post-operatively. The resumption of and amount of physical /athletic activity should be guided by the level of patient discomfort with “pain” being the ultimate guide.


For the first week after surgery, you will wear an elastic ACE bandage and your surgical bra over gauze dressings. The results of your surgery will typically be obscured by swelling and bruising at one week after surgery. In fact, you may even notice during the first week or two after your surgery that your breast appear slightly “too large”. Do not be alarmed, this is completely normal and is due to swelling from the surgery. If the breasts were the perfect size immediately after surgery, they would most likely end up being too small after the swelling resolves. Your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a day or two, but the pain shouldn’t be severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be relieved with your prescribed medications but most women say that a mastopexy surgery is almost “painless.” Some people can return to work after a few days and some after one week. Most patients can drive their vehicles within a few days after surgery, but plan on having someone drive you to your first few post-operative visits anyway. In regards to an exercise program, use common sense and use pain as your guide; if it hurts, simply don’t do it!  The majority of patients are allowed to return to light, low impact cardiovascular exercise after the first week of recovery. You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, caused by the swelling after surgery. This numbness usually fades away as the swelling subsides over the several weeks or so.

During this time period, there may be some moderate pain, but it can typically be treated with your prescription pain medications. You may want to wear an athletic or support bra until the swelling has subsided (Bra information). Heavy lifting or straining should be avoided after surgery because this can cause the breasts to swell and increase pressure. You can typically return to work within a week and to full activity within a few weeks. Sensation in your nipples may be reduced temporarily, but should return to normal or become hypersensitive as your breasts heal.


If you are still feeling a bit tired during this time don’t worry because it will take you a few weeks or months to feel completely like yourself again. Depending on the amount of physical exertion required to perform your expected duties, you should already be back into your normal rhythm at work. Exercise and workout routines may begin at this point in your recovery process with pain as your ultimate guide. Any activity that causes discomfort and/or pain needs to be avoided until further along in your recovery process. When you return to the activity, start at half speed and increase to your normal routine as long as you do not feel any pain during and/or the day after your workout.  Although exercising will not adversely affect your end result, it may temporarily cause more swelling immediately after the exercise that will subside over the next few hours. The majority of my breast lift patients are back to their regular workout routine within 4-6 weeks after their surgery.

During this period, sensory changes of the nipples and breast are normal and only temporary. Typically, normal sensitivity will return slowly over time. Lastly, as sensation begins to return some patients experience a hypersentivity in the nipples and/or areolas. This is also completely normal and temporary, and is a sign that normal sensation is beginning to return to the breasts. Over the next several months many of the benefits of your breast lift surgery will begin to materialize and you will begin to enjoy the transformation you have received form your breast surgery.

  • Surgical Bra: At this point in time you are no longer required to be wearing any surgical compression garment. However, many patients choose to continue some sort of light compression clothing during this time period including spanks or similar spandex type clothing.
  • Healing Process: There are some procedures/ treatment modalities available that can support and/or may accelerate your healing process such as Endermologie, Ultrasound and/or Radiofrequency treatments. There are several scar therapies on the market and there are many different types of laser scar removal treatments that can be utilized at different times in the course of the overall healing process that were not available 5-10 years ago,


All patients vary in their ability and speed to recovery after surgery but most commonly you can expect the final result from surgery to be evident at six months after surgery.  By this point in time, your breasts should be close to their final shape and size and it is therefore the proper time to begin shopping for additional bras and swimwear.  If you become pregnant after the surgery, the operation should not affect your ability to breast-feed, since your milk ducts and nipples have been left intact. All breast lifting techniques require removal of excess skin which will create scars on the breast. However, most scars fade away to thin lines with time and they are strategically located in areas that are covered by bathing suites and clothing. Most patients find these scars to be very minimal in comparison to the improvement in the shape and size of their new breasts. In addition, there are now numerous way to treat breasts scarring during and after the healing process utilizing scar therapies and laser treatments if necessary.


Breast lift surgery corrects breast sagging using a combination of techniques that allows for the removal of excess breast skin, reshaping of the breast mound and repositioning of the nipple. A breast lift alone, however, may not provide sufficient upper breast mound fullness in patients that feel that their breasts have also “deflated” in addition to becoming droopy.  In this case, a breast implant can be inserted to add volume and upper pole fullness at the same time as the breasts lift surgery. Some surgeons may recommend breaking this surgery into two separate surgeries which ends up being much more expensive, stressful on the body and time consuming for a patient that needs to schedule additional time off from work. Dr Motykie, however, prefers to do both surgeries at the same time because it allows the surgery to be more affordable for my patients as well as having them undergo one anesthesia, one recovery process and one time period off from work.  Dr Motykie is very experienced in performing combined breast lift/augmentation procedures using both saline and silicone breast implants as well as being proficient in performing all the most current and effective breast lifting techniques. Lastly, since one of the most common reasons women seek breast lift surgery is a prior pregnancy/breast feeding that has led to deflated, droopy breasts, a breast lift surgery may be combined with other body contouring procedures such as liposuction and/or a tummy tuck which is commonly termed a “Mommy Makeover.”

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how long to wear surgical bra after breast lift

Why Wearing a Surgical Bra is Necessary After Breast Lift

In the days following any type of surgery, a recovery process is required to ensure the safest and fastest healing. For anyone undergoing a breast lift, this recovery takes time and patience. Whether you’re seeking to match a natural breast with a reconstructed one after a partial mastectomy or to achieve symmetry after some time passes, a breast lift can provide a boost in confidence and promote a positive self-image.

Breast Lift

One of the requirements most doctors recommend is wearing a surgical bra during the recovery period following your surgery. While you may be excited to dress up your new and improved breasts, starting with the plain surgical bra is essential.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, medically known as mastopexy, is a  type of surgical procedure undertaken by a plastic surgeon with the purpose of changing the shape or other feature of the breast. This is different from inserting a breast implant that comes in certain sizes and is primarily used to increase volume.

Excess skin is skillfully removed during the plastic surgery, and the remaining breast tissue is reshaped to lift the breast. A breast lift counteracts sagging and can also reposition the nipple and areolae, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.

Breast lifts often take place at the same time as breast augmentation or breast reduction. The procedure can also be done at the same time as your partial mastectomy, depending on your circumstances and your doctor’s advice.

What is Different About a Surgical Bra?

A surgical bra is specially designed for providing support to foster healing. Usually, it is made of soft, breathable fabric, adjustable straps, and may even have cutouts for surgical drains. The bra offers greater coverage than regular bras, much like sports bras, and provides a gentle lift and slight compression. Another feature to look for is a front closure for easy dressing.

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Why is it Necessary to Wear a Surgical Bra after a Breast Lift?

Following your breast lift surgery, your chest tissue is sensitive and needs time to heal. Movement can lead to discomfort, and even cause pulled stitches due to the breast’s weight.

There are several reasons why wearing a surgical bra is necessary following a breast lift. You may want to think of them as a comfortable type of bandage that:

  • Provides the right amount of support needed following surgery, allowing you to return to some of your daily activities, such as walking without bouncing or shifting your breasts.
  • Keeps the new shape of your breast stable and in place.
  • Allows your breast tissue and body to heal in the breast’s new position.
  • Keeps breast tissue elevated away from stitches, keeping them safe from irritation.
  • Prevents the breast from drooping downwards after the healing process is complete.
  • Lessens stress on your skin, especially as it heals.
  • Helps incision sites heal and fade by keeping excess pressure off of them. Pressure on these sites can lead to inflammation and increased scarring.
  • Provides gentle compression, lessening the chances of lymphedema and excessive swelling. The compression assists the body’s blood circulation and proper drainage of the body’s byproducts, and wearing a compression bra is often recommended following any type of breast surgery.

You’ll need to wear your surgical bra constantly around the clock, even sleeping in it. Tossing and turning while sleeping can wreak havoc and change the shape of your breast.

Surgical Bra after a Breast Lift

Look for a comfortable design for your body frame, such as the easy-to-slip-on  Allyson Post-Surgical Bra by Wear Ease. Made for women following any type of breast surgery, the bra is made of soft combed cotton, comfortable adjustable straps, and a smooth wide bottom band. It’s the perfect bra to wear all day and also sleep in at night.

How Long is Wearing a Surgical Bra Necessary?

Your plastic surgeon determines the length of time you need to wear a surgical bra following a breast lift. To begin, you will start wearing the bra 24 hours a day. Within a few days, you may be able to take it off for an hour or so but will still need to keep it on overnight as you sleep.

Expect to wear your surgical bra for a few weeks or up to a month, depending on your surgery, healing abilities, and your doctor’s recommendations.

It’s a good idea to add more than one surgical bra to your wardrobe so you can switch them out every 2-3 days for washing. One to consider adding to your post-surgery days is the  Anita Post Operative Compression Bra. The straps on this bra are easy to adjust and come with a Velcro-type fastener for convenience. Its wide band and strap design promotes healing and prevents tissue irritation.

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