Before & After Your Breast Lift

Before your procedure

  • If you are planning to get pregnant you should wait to have surgery.
    • Although the surgery does not impact breast feeding, changing the breast size can impact the final outcome.
  • If you are planning to lose weight you should postpone the surgery until reaching your ideal weight.
  • Follow all preoperative instructions including medication timing, skin preparation and bathing.
  • Avoid smoking before and after surgery. 
    • Smoking decreases blood flow, resulting in delayed healing and a higher chance of infection.
  • Have a responsible adult around to help for the first three days after surgery. This includes help moving around, getting to the bathroom, driving, preparing meals and any unforeseen emergency.

After your procedure

  • Take antibiotics, if provided, in a timely manner and until completed.
  • Take pain medication as needed. 
    • It is better to take it and be more comfortable than to not take it, be uncomfortable, afraid to move and over-stressed from the discomfort.
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. You should be urinating at least three times a day.
  • Eat small, frequent meals if regular meals are too difficult. 
  • Wear support garments if provided, as instructed. If they are too tight, remove the garments for a short time and then replace.
  • Some swelling and drainage is normal. If the swelling or drainage are increasing daily, contact the office.
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For information call us at 1-844-432-6763.

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