How long does it take for top surgery incisions to heal?
It may be 1-2 weeks before you’ll feel comfortable returning to work or school. Those with more strenuous jobs involving physical labor may require as long as 4-6 weeks. Pushing yourself before you’re ready can lead to setbacks in recovery.
Can I sleep on my side after top surgery?
The most uncomfortable period is the first few days after surgery. Along with regular post-surgery fatigue, you may experience swelling, tenderness, and tightness in your chest due to the dressings. Moreover, you cannot sleep on your side and may have limited mobility in your upper body.
How long do I need to wear a compression vest after top surgery?
Wear your chest compression vest 24/7 for 6 weeks post op. What should my activity level be? Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
How long does it take for FTM top surgery to heal?
Recovery time for top surgery varies from person to person. People who get FTM or FTN top surgery generally return to work or school about two weeks after surgery. Those who get MTF or MTN top surgery can typically get back to work or school after one week.
Can I wear deodorant after top surgery?
Do not use deodorant until instructed by your surgeon, as it may irritate your incision. (Usually you may resume in 1-2 weeks).
What is double incision top surgery?
The Double Incision Top Surgery procedure is the most widely-used technique and is ideal for those who are medium to large chested. During this procedure, the skin on the chest is opened along two horizontal incisions, at the top and bottom of the pectoral muscle. (The muscle itself is not touched.)
How long should I wear my binder after top surgery?
We advice you to wear a compression binder after Top Surgery, 24/7 for at least 4 weeks. The binder helps prevent fluid build up and aids the skin in adhering back to the chest wall.
When can I lift my arms after top surgery?
For 4 weeks after surgery, you should not lift your arms greater than 90 degrees away from your body or over your head. You should also not push, pull, or lift anything greater than 5 pounds during these 4 weeks. This ensures your scar will heal well and not stretch and become larger.
How do you get rid of swelling from top surgery?
Compression garments help reduce swelling times and help the chest mold to its new contours following surgery. Ice pack applications during the first 24 to 48 hours post-surgery can also put swelling to a minimum. Limit activity and relax. Do not overexert yourself for the first week or two following surgery.