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Following breast surgery, compression is a key component of the recovery process. A compression garment is worn early after surgery to facilitate healing and enhance results.
The medical compression garment is constructed from strong, synthetic fabrics that apply the needed pressure to the targeted area for comfortable support. It is considered a woman’s best friend after undergoing breast augmentation and/or breast lift surgery or other surgical body contouring procedures.
Here is why.
1. Reduces Bruising and Swelling
Wearing a compression garment after your breast augmentation or breast lift applies even pressure across the treatment area, preventing excessive buildup of fluids. The garment also helps your body absorb any accumulating fluid. Without it, post-op swelling can linger much longer than necessary.
Additionally, a compression garment will minimize bruising by preventing blood from flowing towards the skin’s surface. This helps to reduce the appearance of bruises.
2. Helps Prevent Formation of Blood Clots
Blood clotting is a significant risk with any surgical procedure. Fortunately, compression garments can help promote effective circulation, reducing your risk of complications related to blood clots.
Proper blood circulation also plays an important role in wound healing and decreases the chances of infection.
3. Reduces Recovery Time and Speeds the Healing Process
By wearing a compression garment, patients can expect to experience a pleasant and quicker recovery. By managing post-operative swelling and discomfort, the recovery process becomes shorter, allowing patients to get back to living their life sooner.
4. Enhances Final Results
Wearing a compression garment provides the needed support, keeps the implants in place after augmentation, and achieves a smoother and more even outcome. The garment helps your skin contract to its new contours more seamlessly and ensures surgical incisions heal correctly — which is vital for aesthetic results following breast surgery.
Most patients also find that compression garments help with proper posture and facilitates easy movement afterward. In addition, the use of compression garments can help reduce pain.
How Long Should I Wear My Compression Garment?
Dr. Andreasen will advise on the specific time frame depending on the procedure and the surgery’s extent. Typically, most patients will be required to wear a compression bra during their initial part of recovery (two weeks after surgery).
At that point, you can switch to a compression sports bra but make sure to avoid anything with an underwire. This can be worn for another two weeks, day and night.
Lastly, your compression garments should feel noticeably snug but not overly restrictive or bulky.
Interested in Starting Your Breast Surgery Journey?
If you would like to learn more about the breast enhancement surgeries offered by Dr. Andreasen and how to best manage your recovery process, contact us today by giving us a call or filling our online contact form. We will be very clear about your expectations and guide you on your journey to full recovery.
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After a breast lift, many women have questions about their recovery. How long will it take? What should they do or avoid to speed their recovery?
Dr. Andreasen has the answers you are looking for.
Just After Surgery
Immediately after your breast lift operation, you can expect to feel woozy and cold. These are normal side effects of general anesthesia. Most of these side effects should fade over the next four to eight hours. You will be released a few hours after your surgery. You must have someone to drive you home and monitor your condition for the first 24 hours. We suggest that you avoid cooking, cleaning, or driving for two or three days after your procedure.
First Two Weeks
You should begin light walks around the room periodically as soon as you feel capable. Most patients will have their sutures removed about a week after the surgery, and you should expect to take off about a week of work. In most cases, patients resume work between three and 10 days after surgery, depending on their health, the strenuousness of their job, and the complexity of their procedure.
Patients are advised to wear a sports bra or compression garment for at least two weeks following their operation. Mild to moderate swelling and discomfort is expected during this period. Most symptoms may be treated with over-the-counter medications. If necessary, Dr. Andreasen can prescribe stronger medications to treat more severe discomfort. By the end of the second week, you will be able to resume light exercises and daily activities.
Most bruising and swelling will resolve by the fourth week. The incisions should be fully closed by this point, and you will be able to resume bathing normally (in baths and showers). Light and moderate exercises may be performed, though you should still avoid exercises that place tension on your incisions. As your breast lift incisions heal, it is important to follow Dr. Andreasen’s instructions on caring for them and keeping them clean. This will ensure that they heal quickly with minimal scarring.
At this point, you should be fully recovered. Rigorous exercises may be resumed, and you may begin wearing underwire bras once more. You may require new bras and other clothing to fit your new contours. Around this time, it will also be safe for you to resume sleeping on your stomach if you so desire.
Interested in Learning More?
If you have questions about breast lift surgery or the recovery process, please contact Dr. Andreasen’s office by calling us at 909-291-4900 or filling out our online contact form.
Whether due to age, pregnancy, weight loss, or even genetics, there is no denying that any of these factors can result in saggy and unappealing breasts. Many women who desire a perky chest often seek an alternative to surgery through various workout routines. While certain pectoral exercises and lifestyle choices can help build muscle underneath the breasts and prevent further drooping, they cannot reverse breast tissue laxity. Maintaining your weight and a healthy diet can provide some improvement, but compromised breast tissue can only be fixed with breast lift surgery.
Ideal Treatment for Droopy Breasts
Women with breast ptosis experience breasts that lie against the chest wall or nipples that point downward. When it comes to breast appeal, most women will usually consider breast implants to restore their fallen chest. However, implants alone cannot correct the position of your breasts if they have begun to sag. In these cases, a breast lift procedure (mastopexy) is your best option to reposition the breasts for an aesthetic and sexy look.
Breast Lift Procedure: How It Works
Breast lift procedures are designed to help restore the shape and fullness of your breasts by moving them to a more proper position on the chest. This is done by removing excess skin while the breast tissue is reshaped to raise the breast and restore firmness. Because all breast lift procedures require the removal of skin, this can create scars on your chest. While scaring is never ideal, they will eventually fade over time.
For women who have lower degrees of ptosis, this procedure is performed around the nipple. Women with moderate or extreme issues may require extensive lifting techniques. However, a breast lift by itself may not always provide sufficient fullness in the upper part of your breast. If this is the case, combining a breast lift with augmentation will provide the extra volume needed. Patients with overly large breasts that have fallen below the optimal level of the chest might be advised to undergo a two-step procedure, where the breast lift is performed first followed by a breast augmentation procedure.
Dr. Andreasen performs breast lift and augmentation procedures that use both saline and silicone gel implants. To find out which procedure is more appropriate for your breasts, you may contact us online for a consultation with Dr. Andreasen or call our office at 909-291-4900.
BREAST LIFT INLAND EMPIRE – MASTOPEXY RIVERSIDE
The effects of pregnancy, massive weight loss, and/or aging to our bodies oftentimes cannot be corrected with regular diet and exercise, especially in relation to the appearance of sagging breasts. Troy J. Andreasen, M.D. frequently performs breast lift surgery for Inland Empire patients, which is a procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and tissue from the breast for a more youthful appearance.
Dr. Andreasen is a breast surgery professional in Ontario, with board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Our breast enhancement professional’s practice is located near the Ontario International Airport, making it convenient for patients throughout Southern California to visit his practice. In addition, patients from nearby cities seek out Dr. Andreasen to undergo a breast lift, such as those in Riverside.
If you are considering undergoing a breast lift, our Ontario plastic surgeon, Dr. Andreasen, offers you professionalism and extensive experience in breast surgery procedures; he annually performs an average of 400 breast procedures. To learn more about Dr. Andreasen, his practice, and your options in breast lift surgery, or “mastopexy,” please schedule a complimentary consultation.
During your breast lift consultation, the two of you will discuss the following:
- Your expectations and goals
- Your medical history
- If a breast lift with implants is required to obtain the results you desire
- The side effects and risks associated with a breast lift procedure
If breast sagging is minimal, a breast implant surgery may only be required, which offers less scarring. Dr. Andreasen will help you decide which option is right for you.
To see the type of results our previous patients have achieved from breast enhancement surgery, feel free to browse through our before and after breast lift and breast enlargement photos.
In addition to breast surgery, Dr. Andreasen also offers body contouring procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery and liposuction.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for breast enlargement or a breast lift with our Inland Empire surgeon, Dr. Andreasen, you may fill out our contact form or call our office at (909) 291-4900. You may also have your questions answered personally by Dr. Andreasen by sending him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over time, many women experience unwanted changes to the appearance of their breasts. Breast ptosis, or sagging, can stretch the nipples and change the shape of the areolae in unexpected ways. Mastopexies, or breast lifts, are surgical solutions that can rejuvenate the breasts and lift them to a more youthful position.
Skin laxity diminishes with age. As skin laxity diminishes, a woman’s breast can sag excessively and the nipples may undergo ptosis. Ptosis is measured on a scale of one to four, or mild to severe. Severe cases of ptosis are where the nipples are pointed directly towards the ground and have dropped past the lower hemisphere of the breast. Mastopexies surgically correct this by removing excess tissue and reorienting the nipple-areola complex to a more youthful position.
Consult with an experienced professional like Dr. Troy Andreasen to learn more about how mastopexies can rejuvenate your breasts.
Contact us at our office in the Inland Empire to schedule a consultation.
Aging typically causes the skin to lose elasticity. For women, this can have a particularly drastic effect on the breasts. A loss of skin elasticity and other changes in body shape due to pregnancy or weight loss can cause the breasts to sag. If you are one of the many women looking to rejuvenate their breasts, then a mastopexy may be the solution.
Aging, gravity, heredity, pregnancy and weight fluctuations all take a toll on the appearance of the breasts. The popularity of the mastopexy has grown 70% since 2000. The mastopexy, or breast lift, is popular because it can help rejuvenate the appearance of sagging breasts by lifting the profile of the breasts to a more youthful position.
If you have questions about the mastopexy, consult with Dr. Troy Andreasen for more information.
Contact us at our office in the Inland Empire to schedule your consultation.