What happens during the first Breast Lift consultation?
During your first consultation, Dr. Adams will evaluate your general health. He will discuss, what changes can be made to your breasts and discuss what your expectations are. Dr. Adams will examine your breasts and measure your chest size. Dr. Adams prefers to individualize each one of his patient’s care and will discuss the variables that may affect your surgery-such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, the condition of your skin, and whether an implant is advisable. You will view pre and post-op pictures, be photographed and discuss pre and post-op care. Dr. Adams’ assistant, Christy, will give you the total fee, which includes the surgeon’s, hospital, and anesthesia fees. For more information about having a breast lift in Dallas, Texas contact us today.
How is it done?
A mastopexy usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours. Dr. Adams uses several different techniques for breast lift and will choose the one best suited for you. If you have small breasts and minimal sagging, you may be a candidate for the modified surgery that requires a less extensive incision (short-scar). One such surgery is the “doughnut” or periareolar or nipple repositioning mastopexy, in which circular incisions are made around the areola. Dr Adams also uses new techniques with specialized mesh to suspend the breast giving longer lasting results.
If you’re having an implant inserted along with your breast lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall if you lack the appropriate amount of breast tissue to give your breasts a more natural appearance. Dr. Adams will discuss with you the best surgery following your examination and what your expectations are.
What can I expect after surgery?
Recovery is not typically difficult. Most patients go out to dinner the night of the procedure. You will be tired and slightly sore for 1-3 days following your surgery. After surgery, you’ll wear a surgical bra. Your breasts will be slightly bruised, swollen and uncomfortable for a day or two, but the pain should not be severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be relieved with medications prescribed by Dr. Adams .
Dr. Adams usually does not use drains for this procedure. You may return to work in 1-2 days with limitations on physical activity. You will not be permitted to do any housework, lifting over 10 pounds or aerobic workouts that increase your heart rate above 100 beats per minute for 3 weeks.
How many visits do I have after surgery?
You will see Dr. Adams within the first 5 days. Absorbable sutures are used; however a few sutures will be removed (painlessly!) within two weeks. You will follow up every 2-3 weeks for 2 months and then every 6 months for the first year. After the first year you will return for a follow up visit yearly.
Am I a good candidate?
The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy, emotionally stable women who are realistic about what surgery can accomplish. The best results are usually achieved in women with small sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts. Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. However, if you’re planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies for example with breast-feeding, pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of your surgery.
What does the surgery cost?
You will be quoted a price to include the surgeon’s, hospital, and anesthesia fees.
How do I pay for Breast Lift surgery?
The surgery costs are discussed with you following your visit with your surgeon. You will be given an estimate for the surgeon’s, hospital, and anesthesia fees. For your convenience the fees will be paid in one sum to prior to your surgery, at least two weeks in advance. Checks, money orders, cash and credit cards can be used for payment. A deposit will reserve a specific time and date for your surgery.
Are there scars?
Yes. Whenever surgery is performed on your body a scar will result. Dr. Adams prefers to use short scar techniques when possible and will discuss this with you and the exact placement and location of the scars during your consultation. These scars will become pale-pink to white in color over 6-12 months and will be hidden by your clothing. In the post-operative period Dr. Adams will prescribe several techniques to help your scars heal as best as possible.
What does scar maturation mean?
As a scar heals it goes thru different phases initially being red and firm and progressing to a more mature scar that is similar in color to your other skin and soft to the touch. This maturation process takes 6-12 months. Dr. Adams uses several specialized scar therapy protocols to make your incisions as imperceptible as possible. Dr. Adams will explain these protocols to you and monitor your incisions as they mature to give you your optimal result.
Does it hurt?
Most patients do not complain of the surgery being very painful but describe it as uncomfortable. Postoperative discomfort is well controlled by pain medications as needed. Your pain will decrease over time and be mostly soreness rather than pain.
Will I be awake during surgery?
Dr. Adams feels it is safest for the patient when the surgery is performed under general anesthesia. You will be completely asleep with a board certified anesthesiologist monitoring you.
Where is the surgery performed?
Dr. Adams usually does this type of surgery in a specialized plastic surgery operating room called Park Cities Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas.
Are medical photographs taken?
Photographs are taken at your first visit, for Dr. Adams and then after your surgery at about two months, 6 months and 1 year.
What medications should I avoid?
You should avoid or be off all diet or over the counter weight medications. The only homeopathic medications are those recommended by Dr. Adams. It is especially important to be off St. John’s Wort and Ginseng, which can cause adverse effects during anesthesia.
Please stop taking all aspirin and aspirin-like products, Advil, motrin, naprosyn, and ibuprofen as these medications can cause bleeding problems. Please tell Dr. Adams what medications you are on ( prescription or non-prescription) to ensure the safety of any surgery.
If you have any questions that our breast lift FAQ didn’t answer, feel free to contact our office in Dallas, Texas today.