A breast lift and an augmentation surgery can be done at the same time. This will enable you have just one surgery and to heal at the same time. It must be understood that preparing for the surgery and going through one are just the first steps. Just as crucial is the post-op care to ensure best results and fast recovery. Healing can take a while because the body needs sufficient time to recover. It is important to know how to care for the wound to make sure it heals properly. The surgeon will change dressings after a few days. It must be kept dry. You will wear your compression garments at all times until your surgeon tells you otherwise. It is normal to feel pain and discomfort after surgery along with some bruising and swelling. Pain tolerance varies from patient to patient so your surgeon will prescribe the appropriate medications to manage pain. The swelling and bruising will eventually disappear once patients have healed. You need to prepare well for your recuperation after surgery by attending to practicalities beforehand. Preparation is the key to ensure a comfortable, hassle free recovery. Aside from stocking up on easy to prepare food or cooking and freezing food that you can heat up, make arrangements for someone to help out in household chores that you cannot do in the days or even weeks following surgery. Breast Lift And Augmentation A breast lift combined with breast augmentation will do wonders for your breasts, especially if they are already sagging. Both procedures can be done at the same time so that you won’t have to go through multiple surgeries. In addition to this, having both procedures at the same time will also allow you to heal at once from two different procedures. The Recovery It takes time to recover fully from the breast lift and breast augmentation surgery. The length of time it takes varies from one patient to another. The recovery will also depend on several factors such as proper wound care and how the body naturally heals. In order to efficiently heal, strictly follow the instructions of the surgeon. This also helps lessen the risks of developing unwanted complications. Care For The Wound After the surgery, the wound will be wrapped in dressings and bandages. It is important to make sure that the incision is kept dry so that it can properly close. Your surgeon will usually change the dressings after several days so you will need to go back to your surgeon so he can also check healing progress and see if there are complications that developed in the interim. For some patients, surgeons may place drainage tubes where any excess fluid can easily be collected. This helps prevent the formation of seroma or hematoma on the site. Most surgeons will also recommend the use of compression garments that must be worn at all times for a specified period. This will help reduce the swelling that may occur after the surgery. You may need to wear a surgical support bra rather than your usual bra right after the surgery because the breasts still need to heal properly. Bathing is not allowed right after the surgery. Since hygiene is just as important in healing, you can take sponge baths but make sure your wounds are kept dry. When the wounds have completely closed and when the stitches are removed, your surgeons may allow you to take baths. Just be reminded that you cannot lift your arms above your shoulders because it provides pressure to your breasts. Ask for help to wash your hair. What To Expect During the recovery, it is normal to feel some pain and that is why your surgeon will prescribe pain relievers after the surgery. Drink your medication because this will help you to be more comfortable after the surgery. Do not be stubborn about this. Being comfortable helps the body to heal more efficiently and quickly. It is important to only take the pain medication that is prescribed by the surgeon to avoid any unwanted effects. Following surgery, there may also be a temporary loss of sensation on the breasts but it will come back once you heal. There will also be swelling and bruising after the surgery. The severity of the swelling can be avoided by wearing compression garments. Swelling and bruising are the body’s natural reaction to the surgery and it also goes away on its own. The bruising and swelling are caused by the damage the tissue receives. It will eventually go away after a few week’s or month’s time. When the wound has closed, it leaves a scar. The degree of scarring varies from one patient to another but please remember that everybody who go through surgery will certainly have scars. Eventually, the scars will fade so they are barely visible. There are also products that can be used to minimize the appearance of the scars. Preparation For Recovery Even before patients go for the surgery, it is important to prepare for the recovery. Being prepared beforehand helps make it much easier for patients to heal. After the surgery, the physical activities shall be limited to barest minimum. Patients should already prepare the things that might be needed so that there is easy access to it while in the process of recovery. It would also be very helpful to arrange for a friend, a family member or a hired help to assist during recuperation. They can help with day-to-day chores and post-op care. It would also be great if someone close can provide not just practical and physical support but also emotional support. Conclusion When you combine breast augmentation surgery with the breast lift, the recovery period for both occurs at the same time. It is important to know the things to do and what to expect before and after surgery so recovery will proceed seamlessly and comfortably. One of the most important things to do while recovering is to take care of the wound. Dressings will be changed by the surgeon; compression garments must be worn at all times during prescribed period, wound must be kept dry, baths are not allowed for a certain period but sponge baths, allowed. It is normal to feel pain and discomfort, as well as some swelling or bruising after the surgery. Take the pain relievers prescribed by your surgeon. The swelling and bruising should disappear on its own after a certain period. Preparations for the recovery should be done even before the surgery so you can have easy access to whatever you need during the recovery. Having a person come around to help out during recovery is also important. They can help with the physical activities that you will not be able to do and provide emotional support, too.