Leading Up To Surgery
Medication & Supplements
Stop taking Aspirin, products that contain Aspirin, and all other supplements two weeks before surgery. This includes:
- BC or Goodies powders
- Fish oil
- Weight loss medication
- Vitamin E
- Herbal supplements
- Meal replacements or protein shakes
Please make sure to get your prescriptions filled prior to your surgery date. You will be expected to bring your prescriptions with you the day of surgery.
The pain medication that is prescribed can cause constipation. You can start prevention as early as two days before your surgery by taking Colace, or Activia yogurt. After your surgery, you can have things like MiraLAX or Milk of Magnesia, but these should not be taken before.
If you become ill or have to postpone your surgery for any reason, please notify us as soon as possible.
Day Before Surgery
You will receive a call and email the day before your surgery with instructions regarding where and when to arrive.
This will include instructions regarding medications.
Day Of Surgery Instructions
Food and Drink
Do not eat anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
- You can brush your teeth, but do not swallow any toothpaste or liquid.
- Do not consume candy or gum.
- You may drink water or Gatorade (any flavor except red) up to four hours before your surgery.
- Do not drink coffee or tea day of surgery.
Do not wear jewelry or make-up to your surgery appointment. Wear loose, comfortable, and warm clothing. A top that zips or buttons up is preferred. Please wear glasses instead of contacts if applicable.
Sweat or Pajama pants are preferred. No yoga pants/leggings.
Fingernails must be short. If polished, it must be clear.
A responsible adult must take you home. You will need someone to stay with you for the first night after surgery.
Note: If you are a minor, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you.
No Taxi Cabs, Lyfts, or Ubers as your transportation home.
If you need transportation/help after surgery, the team at Metro’s Other Woman, https://www.metrosotherwoman.com/raleigh-nc, have helped our patients with care, housekeeping, dog walking, taking children to soccer practice, and everything in between.
What to expect
Once you arrive in our surgery suite, the clinical staff will discuss the details of your procedure and ask you to sign an informed consent. If applicable, you will take a pregnancy test prior to surgery.
You will speak with your anesthesia provider prior to your surgery. They will go over your history with you one last time before we get started and tell you what to expect when you are in the operating room.
You will only need to undress from the waist up.
From there, your surgeon will come in, discuss the procedure, and create his markings before we get started.
After Your Surgery
What to Expect Physically
Pain and discomfort accompanied with swelling and bruising to your breast and surrounding tissues.
- If you had Liposuction under your armpit you may have bruising that travels down your sides and soreness to your sternum and ribcage.
You will have areas of numbness especially at your incision line. More than likely your nipple will be numb the days following surgery. If this is the case, there is still a good possibility that the sensation will return.
You may feel a burning sensation at your incision line post-operatively, this will subside after about 24-48 hours.
What to Expect Visually
Your breast may appear very round and the skin tight and shiny with an upside-down appearance. It may take months for your breast to assume a more relaxed and normal shape.
Your incision line will go around your areola and then down in a straight line your breast in a lollipop shape. There is always a possibility that there will be an incision under your breast that looks like an anchor. Your surgeon will explain the likelihood of this during your consult.
Small amount of bloody drainage at your incision site. You can use panty shields or sanitary pads held in place by your bra for drainage. This usually subsides after the first 2-3 days after surgery.
You will have steri-strips and paper tape applied over your incision sites. Please leave these in place.
If you had liposuction, you will have an incision in your armpit. This will be covered with gauze and paper tape, which can be changed as needed.
Sitting in an upright position for the first 2-3 days will help with swelling.
You will be provided a bra to wear after surgery. If it feels better without this bra it is ok to leave it off.
Do not wear an underwire or push-up bra until 6 weeks after your surgery.
You are allowed to take a shower 48 hours after your surgery. Do not wash the incision line directly, it is ok if the areas get wet. After your shower, gently pat the incision site dry.
Do not run or do any type of exercise that would cause your breast to excessively bounce until 2 weeks after your surgery.
Rapid Recovery Instructions
If you had implants with your breast lift, take 6 hours to relax, take medications as needed, and recuperate. After 24 hours, we will start your rapid recovery plan.
This applies to patients whose implants are placed under the muscle.
Step One: Lay flat on your stomach and on your new breasts for 15 minutes. If this is terribly uncomfortable, it may be easier to kneel and lean forward against the side of your bed for 15 minutes.
Step Two: Start your exercises. Do the first set in the shower with warm water running. Slowly lift your arms straight in front of you above your head. Hold your hands above your head with your arms straight for 10 seconds, then slowly bring your arms back down. Do this three times for each set. After your shower, pat your incision sites dry but leave the tape in place.
Step Three: Do a set of three arm raises every 20 minutes while you are awake for the first three days.
This is a way to keep your muscles limber and loose. Think of it like running a marathon. After a long run, it is important to keep your muscles loose and limber so they don't tighten and become painful. We are doing the same thing with your pectoral muscles with these two exercises.
- Please ask your surgeon or nurse directly regarding your restrictions due to the differences between under and over the muscle implant placement.
You can place ice packs to the upper/lower part of your breast to help with swelling and pain. Use for 30minutes on then 30 minutes off to prevent frostbite.
Do not use heating pads to help with pain this could cause a burn.
Resume your normal activities as you feel comfortable. If it hurts don’t do it, if it doesn’t it is ok to do.
Stop taking aspirin, products that contain aspirin, and all other supplements two weeks before surgery.
Do not use alcoholic beverages while taking pain medication.
You will be prescribed three different medications.
- Pain medication: Norco or Hydrocodone and Tylenol
- Take one to two tablets every six hours, as needed for pain.
- This medication contains Tylenol. Do not take additional Tylenol.
- Do not take more than 11 in one day.
- Anti-nausea medication to be taken prior to surgery: Zofran or Ondansetron
- Take four tablets one hour prior to surgery.
- After surgery, take one tablet every six hours, as needed for nausea.
- Anti-nausea medication for extreme nausea: Phenergan or Promethazine
- Take one tablet every four to six hours, as needed for extreme nausea.
- Note: This may cause drowsiness
When To Call The Office
Call the office if you have a fever over 101 degrees, experience any sudden increase in swelling (especially on one side), or notice redness around your incision sites (especially if it’s warm to the touch).
How long do I have to take off work?
How long does the procedure last?
About 2 hours
How long will I have to be in recovery?
At least 45 minutes
When can I drive again?
When you are no longer taking pain medication and feel comfortable driving again. Always consider that you would need to be able to react in case of an emergency.
When can I start exercising again?
For 2 weeks after surgery, avoid things that would excessively make the breast bounce.
Can I sleep on my stomach after surgery?
You can sleep on your stomach as long as it doesn’t cause you discomfort. Generally this will happen after 5-7 days after surgery.
When can I get in a Pool/Beach/Lake?
3 weeks post-operatively
When can I wear a normal Bra again or go new Bra shopping?
6 weeks after surgery. We would not recommend doing this earlier due to restrictions and healing.
Do I need to buy a bra for after surgery?
You will be provided a loose fitted bra, called a Coobie bra, for after surgery. If you would like multiple options, you can buy more bras like this. Do not buy bras with underwire or push-up in them until 6 weeks after surgery.
Can I go to a tanning bed or get spray tanned after surgery?
You can get a spray tan 2 weeks after surgery, but make sure your incision line is protected/covered. We do not advise patients to go to the Tanning bed until 6 weeks after surgery.
What can I do for scar care after surgery?
You will be given a scar gel from Skin Medica, at your 6 week post-operative sappointment.
Will I need another lift after I have kids?
Your body will change during pregnancy and breast feeding just like all women’s do. There is a possibility that you would need a revision after this, but it is not 100% and is up to the individual.