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In the past, breast implants were perceived as the only way to improve the appearance, shape, and profile of breasts. Some women who were put off by the concept of implant augmentation or who already had a large bust simply accepted the state of their breasts.

In recent years, breast lifts have continued to grow in popularity as an option for defying the effects of gravity or changes in the breast after pregnancy. In some cases, this could also include a minor breast reduction as well as an incision strategy to alter the shape and location of the areola.

Quality preparation and aftercare significantly reduce your chances of experiencing postoperative complications.

During your initial consultation, be sure to note any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking that might increase your bleeding risk. You might also need to stop taking aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications before and after the breast lift. If this is related to a prescription medication, you might want to talk to your primary physician to find an alternative that could reduce your bleeding risk.

The recovery process after a breast reduction requires significant rest. Ideally, you should try to take at least a full week off from work as well as any other strenuous activities.

Your will need to refrain from eating or drinking after midnight the evening before the breast lift. Wearing loose-fitting clothes the day of the procedure will help make dressing and moving easier afterward.

Most breast lifts are performed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be fully sedated. You will still feel some sedative effect afterward, so you will need to arrange for a ride home. It would also be very helpful to have a friend or family member help you at home for a few days to allow you to maximize your rest.

Dr. Natalie Driessen might insert a small, plastic drainage tube under your skin to help drain minor postoperative bleeding. They will explain the proper care tips to you so you can care for any stitches, bandages, or dressings.

If you have preparation or postoperative care questions about your upcoming breast lift in Palm Desert, California, you can always call (760) 773-6616 to seek further insights from the staff at Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Specialists.