Preparing For Your Breast Lift Surgery
Depending on your age and family history, your surgeon may require you to have a mammogram (breast x-ray) before surgery. You’ll also get specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.
While you’re making preparations, you must arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days if you live alone.
Where Your Breast Lift Surgery Will Be Performed
Your breast lift will most likely be performed in our office-based surgical suite. We use a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation (twilight sleep) for patients undergoing a breast lift procedure. Our medical staff will monitor your physical status throughout the surgery and during your recovery. The procedure generally takes 2-4 hours and then we care for you in the recovery room for at least one hour before you are discharged. Breast lift surgery is usually done on an outpatient’ basis, for cost containment and convenience. However, you always have an option for having the procedure performed in our office, an ambulatory surgical center or a hospital.
Types of Anesthesia For Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lifts are usually performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia, which means you’ll sleep through the operation.
In selected patients-particularly when a smaller incision is being made-the surgeon may use local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You’ll be awake but relaxed, and will feel minimal discomfort.