Following any kind of breast surgery, it is likely that your plastic surgeon will instruct you not to lift your arms above your chest. This can be frustrating, especially for people who have children or live in places with high shelving. However, this helps maintain the integrity of your incisions, prevent scarring, and promote better results. So, how long after a breast lift can I lift my arms?
It depends on the patient and their individual healing. It is possible that Dr. Allegra could clear you as soon as two weeks after surgery. For others, it could be four to six weeks after a breast lift. Generally, lifting your arms (without carrying anything) is okay after a week or two as long as it is not done repeatedly or too quickly.
With any type of weight, you will likely need to wait at least four to eight weeks. This is not only for your incisions and results, but certain movements may continue to be sore in the coming weeks. Since the incisions for a breast lift are more extensive than some other breast surgeries, it can occasionally be a longer time until you are cleared to lift your arms above your chest.