Preparing for the Breast Lift Surgery
With breast lift just like with any surgery you must be physically and mentally prepared for change.
At the time of your consultation our patient consultant Toronto Cosmetic Clinic will let you know of the steps you need to make and ensure that you are comfortable to proceed with surgery.
Get Healthy!One main key point is that the healthier you are before surgery, the faster you will recover While it may seem like an obvious statement, it sure is a true one. You may want to get proper clarification from your doctor as to the exact steps to ensure your health is in good standing, but a general rule would be to:
- Stay on a well-balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Drink plenty of water and fluids
- Cut down on alcohol consumption
- Avoid the use of street drugs
- Remove yourself from stressful situations or increase activities to de-stress yourself
- Have a support system; surround yourself with those who love you
Smoking & Surgery
There is a very good reason besides the fact that smoking cigarettes is overall bad for your health that surgeons want you to cease smoking before undergoing surgery...
Smoking, specifically nicotine, reduces blood flow and impairs the proper function of the skin. With less blood flow you are limiting the amount of oxygen and other nutrients to heal the skin. If you smoke prior to surgery you are at risk for skin necrosis, slow incision healing, and worsening the appearance of scars. Smoking also triggers the release of skin-damaging free radicals, thereby increasing swelling. Since smoking damages your respiratory system as well, you are at risk for anesthesia complications. Our cosmetic/plastic surgeons at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic strongly insist that smoking, including nicotine substances, are ceased a minimum of 2 weeks before surgery (especially if you are a heavy smoker), so you do not have any post-surgical healing complications.
1-2 Weeks Before Breast Lift Surgery
Blood work is required, and an ECG if you are over 50 years of age. This needs to be done at least one week before surgery. One of the main reasons that blood work is required is to ensure that if you are of a childbearing age that you are currently not pregnant. Blood work also checks for your hemoglobin levels, that your electrolytes are in balance, and your INR is at a safe range. An ECG (electrocardiogram) or EKG will check the electrical activity of your heart to make sure you are able to tolerate surgery and anesthesia.
It is also recommended to stop smoking, reduce the consumption of Alcohol, Aspirin, and certain herbal medications to avoid any anesthesia complications.
Before breast lift surgery, plan ahead for the time that you will be recovering. If you have small children or pets, arrange in advance who will be taking care of them, to minimize the stress on yourself. Give your workplace/school enough notice of the time that you will need off work. The more time you can rest at home will be more beneficial to your recovery.
24 Hours Before Breast Lift Surgery
The night before try to get a good nights rest. Most likely you will be a bit anxious, nervous or excited, but try to relax. You need to avoid food and any type of liquid 8 hours before your surgery. When you wake up, dress in dark, loose, comfortable clothing and place on slip-on shoes if you have them. Your given arrival time is one hour before the start of your surgery. Once you arrive a nurse will take you in to get changed and prepare you for surgery.
Breast lift surgery is about 1.5 hours long and you will be at the clinic for about 4 hours or so, dependent on your recovery. Your loved one/ride is more then welcome to wait at the clinic, or if they drop you off we will contact them once you are out of surgery with the approximate time of your discharge.
Last but not least, make sure you have realistic expectations of the results and you do your research before deciding to undergo a breast lift. We want you to be excited and thrilled with the appearance of your breasts!