The most important part of your consultation will be determining the final breast size and shape, as well as the new height of the nipples. You and the doctor will discuss expectations and goals, taking into consideration your overall body size and shape, your skin condition and your pre-operative breast size. You will also discuss your medical history and any allergies, medication or conditions you may have.
We have three Patient Care Coordinators who work closely with you through your entire time in our practice, serving as your resource for any questions or concerns you have along the way. After your time talking to the surgeon, your Patient Coordinator will provide you with a detailed, written estimate of surgical fees for your procedure when you have your initial consultation at Cool Springs Plastic Surgery in Nashville, Tennessee. She will assist you in selecting a date for your surgery, convenient for your schedule. Your Patient Care Coordinator will also inform you about all payment options available in our office. Information regarding “Payment Options” are detailed under the “About” tab at the top of our web page.
Surgery: What to Expect
It is important that you do not smoke or take aspirin or certain other drugs before surgery. We will let you know a suitable time period in which to abstain from these substances. We also recommend that you undergo a mammogram before the procedure.
Do not eat or drink after midnight on the evening before surgery (unless directed to take medications by your Patient Coordinator). Please shower the morning of your procedure, but do not apply deodorant, creams, lotions, powders or oil to your skin. Please do not wear jewelry or makeup, and do not bring valuables with you to surgery.
Surgery will be performed at a hospital or on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. An adult should escort you on the day of surgery and remain with you at home for the first 24 hours.
Day of Surgery
During the procedure, incisions will be made around and underneath the nipple, as well as along the natural crease of the breast, outlining the area that will be removed. The exact technique and location of incisions, however, will depend on each individual case. The nipple is moved higher on the breast and the incisions are closed pulling the breast tightly into place. We will then fit you with an elastic bandage to protect and support your breasts.
Afterward, you may sleep and rest in any comfortable position. Rest quietly for 24 hours following surgery; when you get up, do so slowly, as you may feel dizzy or lightheaded. You are encouraged to take short walks in your home and take frequent deep breaths.
Even though you will be up and about in a day or two, it is important that you limit your activity for optimal recovery. Expect to see some degree of temporary swelling, bruising and loss of sensation in your breasts. The wrap will be removed after a few days, at which time you may be asked to wear a support bra for several weeks. Make sure you do not take it off until notified by the doctor. You may be able to return to work within a week, but avoid any heavy lifting, vigorous exercise or direct contact with the breasts for a few weeks, as this can stress the incisions and lead to complications such as delayed wound healing or prominent scars.
Though the results of the breast lift may for last years, time and gravity will eventually affect the contour of the breasts again, and you may decide to go in for another procedure. Consult with the doctor on what you can expect and what follow-up actions are recommended.
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Risks of complications are quite low but do exist. Problems include infection, bleeding, delayed healing, scars and loss of sensation in breasts.
Your Patient Coordinator will provide you with a detailed, written estimate of fees for your procedure when you have your initial consultation at Cool Springs Plastic Surgery. Your “Estimate of Surgical Fees” will include: surgeon’s fee, operating room and the anesthesiologist’s fee.