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A breast lift is a serious surgical procedure that can tax your body’s resources. Taking that into account, there are some essential tips Charles V. Pledger, MD recommends to help you have a speedy recovery after your breast lift procedure.

Be sure to let Charles V. Pledger, MD know about any medications you are taking and any medical conditions that might increase your bleeding risk. Your surgeon might recommend that you avoid taking aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications before and after the breast lift, to reduce your risk of bleeding. If you are taking a prescription medication that increase your risk of bleeding, you might want to talk to primary physician to explore an alternative medication.

You should plan on taking some time off from work to let your body focus its resources on healing and recovery. It’s very important that you avoid strenuous activities for at least a week after the breast lift. Most breast lifts are performed on an outpatient basis and require deep sedation. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home and help out for a few days while you get back on your feet.

It’s also important that you avoid eating or drinking after midnight the night before the procedure. Wearing loose fitting clothes to the procedure will help make dressing and moving easier after the breast lift.

After the breast lift your surgeon might insert a small plastic tube under your skin to help drain some normal minor postoperative bleeding. They will explain to you how to properly care for it and any stitches, bandages or dressings.

If you have an upcoming breast lift and you have further recovery questions, please feel free to call Charles V. Pledger, MD at 801-373-4300 for a consultation.