the list of medications which should not be ingested two weeks prior to the operation.
Prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed prior to and for a few days after surgery
to reduce the risk of surgical wound infection. A prescription for pain medication
is also written, so that you have your pain pills when you return home from the
Preoperative photographs are taken so that
you can see the improvement from your surgery afterwards. We generally take postoperative
photographs at 3 - 6 months after your procedure.
will need to arrange for an escort to drive you to and from our office operating
suite. It is mandatory to have someone stay with you for at least 24 hours after
surgery, for your comfort and safety.
breast lift is performed under a general anesthetic, which means you will sleep
through the operation. You will be provided with anesthesia by a board-certified
anesthesiologist. The time which it takes to complete this operation depends on
the amount of lift, if an implant is placed and which type of technique is made.
There are several techniques that Dr. Parker uses. The most common involves
anchor-shaped incisions following the natural skin grain and the breast contour.
The incision outlines the area of skin to be removed, and the new position of
the nipple and areola. The nipple is not removed from your breast, but rather
the skin is rearranged below the nipple creating a "dart", as in a dress,
to tighten the envelope of skin in such a way as to give the breast more projection
away from the chest. The nipple is positioned at approximately the level of the
fold beneath the breast. Stitches are placed entirely beneath the skin, avoiding
the need for later removal.
will be up and around in a couple of days, but you should
take it easy for at least one week. Swelling and bruising
begins to subside in a week. Any discomfort can be controlled
with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Any
numbness in the nipples and the breast skin usually
fades as the swelling subsides. You will be wearing
a support bra for a few months after the operation.
Every effort is made to make the incisions as inconspicuous
normal time span for all of the initial swelling to subside is approximately 6-8
weeks. It takes one to two years for the scars to mature and fade. The Doctor
will ask you to use a topical scar treatment to optimize the appearance of the
scars. This will be detailed in the postoperative period.