Pre-operative Breast Lift Instructions By on December 13, 2014

A woman on her side in a white bra and pantiesPre-operative instructions for any surgery help ensure the best possible outcomes during the actual recovery process. In many ways, healing from surgery begins before the actual surgery date. Here at Mesna Plastic Surgery in Minneapolis, we always provide detailed information about the pre-operative phase, whether patients undergo facial plastic surgery procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose job) or effective body contouring treatments such as breast lift surgery.

Below are some basic pre-op instructions for breast lift patients. Patients are encouraged to follow all pre-op instructions carefully. More detailed information will be provided during the consultation process, but the information below is a good summation of what you ought to consider.

Stopping Use of Tobacco Products and Consumption of Alcohol

Roughly two to three weeks before surgery, you will want to quit using all tobacco products and limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages. Both of these substances can lead to problems healing (e.g., increased infection risk) and recovering from surgical procedures. Roughly a week before your surgery, you should eliminate alcoholic beverages from your diet entirely.

Putting Certain Medications On Hold

Roughly two to three weeks before surgery, patients are also asked to avoid using certain over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs. This generally includes blood-thinning medications, anti-inflammatory medications, and over-the-counter products that contain aspirin and ibuprofen. Patients will also be asked to reduce or eliminate the use of vitamins and supplements that contain vitamin E.

A full list of medications and supplements to avoid will be provided during the consultation process.

Fill All Prescriptions and Run Errands In the Week Before Surgery

In the week leading up to surgery, be sure to buy groceries, do laundry, clean around the home, run additional errands, and fill all prescriptions. Getting this taken care of ahead of time means less to worry about as you heal. This can make a major difference with regard to the overall healing process.

Having a Loved One for Transportation and Assistance

It's important that patients have a loved one present to drive them home after surgery and to be present at home for assistance during the first days of healing. Patients should concentrate on resting as wellness as they heal, and having company with them during the early days of healing can prove invaluable in terms of emotional support.

What to Do the Night Before Breast Lift Surgery

The night before breast lift surgery, make sure that all errands are completed and that your home is stocked with everything you need to rest easy for the days ahead.

Be sure sure shower and wash the chest and breasts thoroughly.

It's important that patients do not eat or drink anything (water included) at least 10 to 12 hours before surgery. Fasting is crucial, so keep this in mind.

Above all, get a good night's rest.

What to Do on Your Surgery Day

You may shower and clean again before coming to the surgical suite.

Be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of your surgery.

Do not wear any jewelry, lotions, accessories, perfumed, and so forth. Simply come relaxed and as at ease as possible.

Schedule a Consultation at Mesna Plastic Surgery

For more information about breast lift surgery and your many other options for advanced body sculpting and contouring, we encourage you to contact our skin care and cosmetic surgery center today. At Mesna Plastic Surgery, we will make sure to discuss all of your treatment options in full detail.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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