Talk to you about your expectations regarding the outcome of your surgery
Take photographs for comparison after surgery
Ask you about any medications, herbs, or supplements that you are taking.
Leading up to your procedure:
Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
Arrange for help at home after returning from the hospital.
Avoid eating and drinking beginning at midnight the night before the procedure.
You may be asked to shower the morning of the procedure. You may be given special antibacterial soap to use.
You may need to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
may be used, but
is usually used. With general anesthesia, you will be asleep. With local anesthesia, the selected area will be numbed.
Description of the Procedure
This procedure is usually done in an outpatient setting with no need for an overnight stay.
An incision will be made. Your surgeon will choose the incision pattern. The underlying breast tissue will be lifted and reshaped. The nipple and areola will be repositioned. The areolas may be reduced in size. Excess breast tissue will be removed. The remaining skin will be tightened and the incision will be closed with stitches, skin adhesives, and/or surgical tape. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain fluids.
How Long Will It Take?
About 3 hours
Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. You may have some bruising and tenderness around the breasts for several weeks after surgery. Talk to your doctor about medication to help manage the pain.
To help with your recovery at home:
Wear aspecial bra or bandage to put pressure on the breasts to help support your breasts and decrease the chance of bleeding
Maintain proper wound care to prevent infection.
Continue with specific exercises or physical activity.
Call Your Doctor
Contact your doctor if your recovery is not progressing as expected or you develop complications such as:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
Discoloration in either breast
Persistent nausea or vomiting
Pain that you cannot control with the medications you were given
Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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