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As time passes, gravity and the natural processes of aging can cause your breasts to lower and sag. This is even more likely to happen if you’ve undergone a significant change in body composition related to pregnancy, breastfeeding or significant weight loss. To address issues like these, your cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Oliver P. Simmons, often recommends a breast lift in Lexington, South Carolina.

This is a surgical procedure designed to raise the height of your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening your natural breast tissue. This effectively reshapes each breast while restoring some of its youthful support.

Quality preparation and aftercare greatly improves your chances of having a complication-free recovery after a breast lift. To that end, Dr. Oliver P. Simmons offers these key tips.

Be sure to let Dr. Oliver P. Simmons know about any medications you are taking or any medical conditions you have during your initial consultation. You might also need to stop taking aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications before and after the breast lift. If you are taking a prescription medication that increases your risk of bleeding, you might want to talk to your primary physician to explore an alternative medication.

It’s a good idea to plan on taking at least a full week off from work to let your body focus on healing. Most breast lifts are performed in a single outpatient appointment, requiring full sedation. This means you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home afterward. While you are recovering, you need to avoid strenuous activities for at least a week after the breast lift.

You should abstain from eating or drinking after midnight the evening 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, Dr. Oliver P. Simmons might insert a small, plastic drainage tube under your skin to help drain some normal post-operative bleeding. Your surgeon will explain how to properly care for it and any stitches, bandages or dressings.

If you are thinking about a breast lift and you have questions, you can always call Simmons Plastic Surgery at 803-490-7644 to schedule a consultation