Before your surgerySpecific to Mastopexy, your
Before your surgery
Specific to Mastopexy, your Surgeon may suggest that you stop smoking and stop taking the contraceptive pill. This will reduce the risks involved with having a General Anaesthetic and stopping smoking will help with wound healing. You may also need to lose weight to gain the best result as well as to reduce complications. You will need to purchase a sports bra to take with you to the hospital. The size of the bra will be determined at your consultation with the Surgeon.
If you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.
The day of your surgery
Make sure you remember to take your new bra with you to the hospital. The Surgeon will visit you in your room and mark your breasts in preparation for surgery. Your Surgeon will also at this time obtain your final consent. If you have any final questions it is important that you ask your Surgeon at this time.
When you wake from your surgery you can expect to experience pain – you will be prescribed appropriate pain relief, which will be administered by your nurse.
On your return to your room you will be aware that you have your new bra over the dressing and a drainage tube will be in each breast. These drains will be removed before your discharge from hospital.
You can expect to be in hospital for one or two days. This will be agreed with your Surgeon prior to your admission.
Your Surgeon will advise you in relation to how long to stay off work (this will be approximately 2 weeks depending on your occupation), how long to wear your sports bra and when you can commence normal activities.
You will need someone to look after you to relieve you of your general chores, such as shopping, household duties and childcare. Please be aware that you will feel tired for the first few weeks following your surgery. Once your scars have healed you will be able to resume normal sexual activity.
It is important to keep the wounds dry during the early days and leave all the dressings intact until you return to the clinic at approximately 7 days.
Please do not wear an underwire bra after surgery until you have discussed this with your Surgeon.
It is very important that you attend the appointments, which have been made for you to care for your wound and see your Surgeon post-operatively.