When the patient has finalized the decision to undergo breast lift cosmetic surgery, she will have a detailed pre-op consultation as a part of the initial preparation process. The process will involve physical breast exam, evaluation of medical history, assessment of skin elasticity and the position of breasts and nipples.
A surgical plan will be prepared on the basis of these findings and an assessment of the patient’s unique aesthetic goals. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards places a lot of emphasis on the preparation stage because the final outcome will greatly depend on the decisions taken during planning and preparation. Dr. Richards receives patients for breast lift from Las Vegas, NV and surrounding regions.
Planning for the breast lift plastic surgery is a critical part of the preparation process. The patient should be frank about her needs and expectations at this stage. The surgeon will determine whether the patient needs only breast lift or lift in combination with breast implants. The surgical technique to be used for breast lift will be determined during the planning process. The size, type, and location of incisions may be finalized.
The choice of anesthesia and sedation will also be discussed and finalized during the surgery planning stage. Whether the surgery will take place at an accredited surgery center or hospital will be discussed. The surgeon will also provide detailed advice and instructions regarding the patient’s role for the surgery preparation. Dr. Richards is a dedicated cosmetic surgeon providing breast lift and other procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV and nearby locations.
Finalizing the Surgical Techniques
The surgeon will make a final choice of one among several breast lift techniques. Each technique will vary according to the choice of incision pattern. All options will be explained to the patient, and the surgeon will help her select the optimal choice that meets her personal aesthetic and health goals in the best way.
The breast size, the extent of lift required, the repositioning of areolas and nipples, skin type and quality, and whether implants will be required in conjunction with lift are factors that will influence the choice of surgical technique.
Pre-op Guidelines for the Patient
The patient will usually receive the following guidelines prior to breast lift procedure. Diligent adherence to the guidelines will improve the chances of a successful surgery.
- Refrain from smoking for at least four weeks before the surgery, and avoid alcohol for at least two weeks.
- Stop the use of any vitamin and herbal supplements at least 30 days prior to surgery, unless otherwise specified by the surgeon.
- Adjust the regimen of any existing prescription medications in consultation with the surgeon and the patient’s personal physician.
- Discontinue the use of ibuprofen, aspirin, and other blood thinning drugs.
- Get a mammogram and blood test done, if the surgeon so requires.
A breast lift is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. The patient should arrange for someone to drive her back home after surgery. Preferably, she should also have someone to assist her at home for the first 24 to 48 hours.