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How Long is Recovery From a Breast Lift?

As you go through the various stages of life, you may notice unpleasant changes in your breast shape and firmness. Genetics, pregnancy, gravity, and the natural process of aging may all be to blame. Fortunately, you can restore your youthful, perky breasts with a breast lift. If you like the idea of rejuvenating your breasts but lead a busy lifestyle, keep reading to learn about the breast lift recovery process.

What to Expect During a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Gonyon performs under general or local anesthesia in two to three hours. Your unique aesthetic goals will determine where he marks the incision. 

The options, however are a periareolar incision around the nipple, a lollipop incision, which is a combination of a periareolar incision and vertical incision, and an inverted-T incision (a lollipop incision that continues along the fold of the breast.) Once Dr. Gonyon removes the excess skin, he’ll close the incisions. 

If you undergo a breast lift, you can expect long-lasting results. However, just like other parts of the body, your breasts will continue to age. The good news is they’ll always appear in better shape than if the procedure was never performed. You can also receive another breast lift down the road if you’d like.

Consultations Available Now 

Take the first step.  Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with Dr. Gonyon at Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery for an in-person consultation.

Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Breast Lift Recovery

After a breast lift, you’ll notice bruising and swelling on your breasts for about two weeks. You may also experience a bit of pain and soreness near your incisions, which will be pink or red for a few months. Numbness in your nipples, areola, or breast skin may continue for six weeks or so. 

Dr. Gonyon will suggest that you sleep on your back or side to keep the pressure of your breasts. You should also stay away from bending or lifting and wear a soft support bra for at least a few weeks. In addition, you may want to wear a silicone tape or gel to expedite the process of healing. 

If you work, you should take at least five days off to recover. After one week, you may return to non-vigorous activities and limit exercise and heavy lifting for another two weeks.

Patient Reviews

*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Gonyon and his staff are amazing! From start to finish they are there every step of the way. He provides exceptional services and really makes you feel like an individual and your best self. I would, and have, recommend them over and over again!*

- R C

I had a great experience with Dr. Gonyon and his team. Dr. Gonyon always has time to answer all my questions and concerns. You can tell he really loves what he does. I am so happy with my results and would recommend Dr. Gonyon to everyone.*

- C J

Take the Next Step

If you have any questions about a facelift or are wondering whether you’re a good candidate for it, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Johnstown, COtoday. You can count on our team to help you make an informed decision. Call us at (970) 624-7979 or fill out our convenient online contact form.

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