Frequently Asked Questions
Typically, health insurance companies do not cover breast lift surgery because it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure; however, they sometimes make an exception to this rule if the breast lift is performed as part of a medically necessary breast reduction. Most patients will not qualify for this unless there is a significant reduction to the size of the breasts. Do your research before proceeding with this surgery and check with your health insurance provider. It is important to be clear on your financial responsibility before undergoing any surgery.
Swelling should be mostly gone by six weeks. It may take up to 3-6 months for the final results to be revealed.
As mentioned above, vigorous exercise is discouraged for a minimum of two weeks post-surgery to avoid early complications. After that you can return to normal exercise with the exception of any chest activity (pushing, pulling, and heavy lifting) which will be limited for 6 weeks after surgery. After six weeks, you can gradually ease back into your normal routine.
We recommend elastic, stretchy bras, or a surgical, compression bra after surgery. Avoid bras that have an underwire or lots of internal padding and structure until 6 weeks after surgery. You want a bra that offers snug compression and good support without being overly tight and distorting the breasts.
We typically recommend anywhere from three to seven days, depending on your individual circumstance and work requirements. Discuss your specific work duties with Dr. Buchanan if there are any questions.