Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey Highlights What to Expect for Breast Lift Recovery
Dr. Christopher P. Godek of the Personal Enhancement Center discusses recuperation and downtime for patients who undergo mastopexy.
Toms River, NJ — Breast lift surgery, which is medically referred to as mastopexy, can be an exceptionally rewarding procedure for women experiencing certain changes in their breasts due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, significant weight fluctuations, and a variety of other factors, states New Jersey plastic surgeon Christopher P. Godek, MD. Designed to elevate the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest, he notes that mastopexy can involve the removal of excess skin, repositioning of the nipples, and the reshaping of tissues for an enhanced contour and projection. If desired, he adds, breast lift surgery can also be combined with implants for added volume and improved overall outcomes.
When considering mastopexy – be it breast lift without implants or breast lift with implants – Dr. Godek says a common topic of interest for prospective patients is what to expect following the procedure. Though the recovery process will be unique to every individual, he explains that most patients experience some minor swelling, bruising, and/or soreness within the first few postoperative days. These symptoms generally diminish gradually over the course of a week or two, he notes, and any discomfort during this time can often be alleviated with medication.
After approximately one to weeks, the New Jersey plastic surgeon states that the majority of patients are able to resume their normal daily routines, which includes returning to non-strenuous jobs and/or school. He notes that light aerobic activity – such as walking – is permitted at this time; however, any vigorous exercise, heavy lifting, and/or upper body workouts should be avoided for at least a few weeks as the stress of these actions may impede proper healing and negatively affect the final outcome.
Any potential scarring from breast lift surgery typically starts to fade after a few months, often taking a year or two to reach its final appearance, says Dr. Godek. He adds that the good news is mastopexy scars can generally be hidden by most articles of clothing, including several bra and bathing suit varieties.
Ultimately, Dr. Godek reiterates that recovery and downtime after breast surgery will vary by individual. As a result, he recommends consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon who can thoroughly assess one’s unique needs and goals for a more personalized outline of what to expect following mastopexy.
About Christopher P. Godek, MD, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Godek earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He then completed his Residency in General Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by his Residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Godek remains actively involved in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and many other prestigious medical organizations. He is available for interview upon request.
Personal Enhancement Center
1430 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753