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These post-operative instructions can help you know what to expect after mastopexy (breast lift) surgery.

Healing Issues

Wound healing problems can manifest as separation of the skin edges or an open wound at the surgical site. This can be caused by a variety of factors and is usually a problem that can be managed by dressing changes and wound care. Keep the area clean and place a gauze dressing.

If there is a problem, please call our office. Most issues are easily addressed and do not require significant intervention.

The most common emergencies that might need attention are:

  • Nausea that lasts 4 hours or more and does not respond to medication
  • Bleeding that is persistent and uncontrolled
  • Sudden enlargement and/or pain of one side with bruising, or if you have a change in nipple color or appearance
  • High fever(101.5) lasting more than a few hours and not responding to medication
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain that is considerably worse on one side
  • Leg swelling

If you feel the situation is urgent, call 911 and/or proceed directly to the closest emergency room. Please call us as well.

Follow-Up

Follow-up is typically in 7-10 days and should be scheduled by calling our office if it has not already been arranged.