Depending on your occupation, you may return to work after two weeks but the limitations on physical activity apply. Driving is not advised for 2 weeks and your motor insurance may be invalid if you drive in that period.
There will be some colourful bruising of the breast and chest skin usually lasting about 3 weeks.
It is unusual to lose sensation in the nipple following a mastopexy or breast lift and any changes in sensation should recover in the following months. There will be some numbness of the skin over the breast.
Great care is taken in the planning and assessment stages to identify any existing significant asymmetry in the breasts. Some difference in breast size is quite normal and, in the drooping breast, often unnoticed. Despite careful planning, and because of the mobile nature of the breasts and the stretchy skin, some asymmetry of size and shape may develop. The tissues of the breast and it’s overlying skin have proven their capacity to stretch and to a variable degree this can continue after a breast lift. In a few, more pronounced cases, this will require a further, longer lasting, tightening of the skin. This will have cost implications.
The pattern of the scarring following a mastopexy can in a few cases be limited to a discreet scar around the nipple areola. More commonly this will be extended by a vertical scar descending from the 6 o’clock position to the crease below the breast. There, depending on the extent of the skin removal required, a transverse scar will be extended in the crease below the breast in the so called ‘inverted T’ pattern.
Many patients are fortunate to form thin hair line scars which fade quite quickly. In others the speed of “scar maturation”, as it is called, is slower and a few can form red raised and itchy scars which take much longer to settle. If you think you have this tendency please notify your surgeon. You should anticipate that scar improvement may continue for up to 18 months.