Procedure Preparation Guide: Breast Lift
If you’re planning for a breast lift, you want to make the most of your procedure. Being prepared for every step of the process can help you have an optimal experience and an excellent outcome. At Campanile Plastic Surgery, we want to help you navigate your plastic surgery procedure, which is why we’ve created a breast lift preparation guide.
This information can help you get ready for each stage of the breast lift process. If you have any questions that aren’t addressed here, please contact us online or call us at 303-345-7476.
Preparing For Your Breast Lift Consultation
The first stage of your breast lift journey is the consultation. Your consultation is an opportunity to discuss your appearance goals and explore your options with your plastic surgeon. Knowing which questions to ask and other things you should be aware of can help you optimize your consultation. A checklist can assist you in this process.
In The Waiting Room
Your plastic surgeon’s waiting room can say a lot about the overall practice.
- Is the space clean, organized and inviting?
- Are the staff courteous and welcoming?
- Fill out medical paperwork thoroughly and accurately
- Bring a list of all medications
Meeting With Your Plastic Surgeon
You’ll be working closely with your plastic surgeon, so it’s ideal that you have a trusting rapport with them. During your first meeting with your plastic surgeon, consider these questions:
- Does your plastic surgeon answer your questions and listen to your concerns?
- Do they do a good job of explaining the breast lift procedure?
- Do they help you understand what your options are?
What To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon
- Am I a good candidate for a breast lift? Why or why not?
- How many breast lifts have you performed?
- What board certifications do you hold?
- Is your surgical facility accredited?
- May I see before and after breast lift photos of women with similar body types to mine?
2 Weeks Before Breast Lift
- Stop all use of aspirin, ibuprofen and other blood-thinning medications
- Plan for someone to drive you home from your breast lift
- Make necessary childcare arrangements for first week of recovery
Several Days Before Breast Lift
- Fill your prescriptions before your plastic surgery procedure
- Clean your house
- Stock the fridge with healthy meals
- Prepare a relaxing space in your home where you can recover
- Check with your plastic surgeon’s office before taking any over-the-counter medicine
- Don’t consume alcohol 24 hours before your breast lift
The Big Day
- Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the before your breast lift
- Shower and wash well before your procedure
- Don’t wear makeup, perfume, creams, powder, deodorant or lotions
- Wear glasses instead of contact lenses
- Don’t wear any jewelry or valuables
- Dress in comfortable, loose clothing
Breast Lift Recovery Tips
There are a number of items you’ll want to have on hand so that you’re as comfortable as possible during your recovery.
- Pillows: For the first few weeks of recovery, you’ll need to sleep on your back, with your head somewhat elevated. Have extra pillows on hand to help make you comfortable.
- Stool softener: Anesthesia and prescription pain medication can cause constipation. Stool softener can help keep your bowels regular.
- Ice packs: A cold compress can help to reduce swelling and promote healing.
- Entertainment: During the first several days of your breast lift recovery, you’ll need to rest. Relax with your favorite magazines, movies or TV shows.
- Comfortable clothing: Plan on loose-fitting pants and tops you can unzip or unbutton with ease and comfort instead of pullovers.
After Your Breast Lift
Once you’ve made it through your initial stage of recovery, you’ll still have to wait a few more months for the breasts to fully heal, with the final results gradually becoming apparent over several months.
- Don’t go bra shopping too soon, as it takes time for swelling to resolve. For now, stay comfy with soft, supportive bras. Wait for your plastic surgeon to give you the green light before you have a formal fitting.
- Your scar appearance will continue to improve with the passing weeks and months. You’ll be surprised at how much scars continue to fade by even a year after your breast lift. Your plastic surgeon may recommend silicone sheets or a specialized scar cream to help with the healing. It can take up to 2 years for scars to fully mature.
- Your breasts will continue to settle, and should have a more natural look within 3 to 6 months.
Having a breast lift is an exciting occasion. This breast enhancement procedure in an investment in yourself that can offer you beautiful, transformative results, but you’ll need to be patient with the recovery process. Once you’re ready to move forward with a breast lift, please contact us online or call our Denver office at 303-345-7476. We look forward to helping you look and feel your best.