I have decided to go ahead with breast lift surgery so what happens next?

If you are satisfied with everything your surgeon has told you and feel comfortable with him/her then you are ready to book your surgery. However, you will find that your surgeon will recommend that you take a couple of weeks to think things through. This is what is known as a ‘cooling off’ period and is a time when you can think about this rationally.

If you decide it is not for you then that is fine. If you still want to go ahead then your next step is to arrange the surgery. Your surgeon will take a full medical history and advise you about what medications you can and cannot take.

You will also be asked to sign a consent form. As with any form please read this carefully and ask if there is anything you don’t understand. This consent form says that you understand what the procedure is and how it works. It will also mention what the potential risks are and that you are fully aware of them.

If you are having a general anaesthetic then your surgeon may arrange for you to have your heart and lungs examined by the anaesthetist to make sure you are fit for surgery. You may also have to undergo some routine tests although this may only apply to those patients aged 55 and over. Another test you may have is a mammogram (breast x-ray).

You must be frank and honest about your health. If you have had any surgery before, experienced any problems with anaesthesia have an allergy or an underlying medical condition then you MUST tell him /her about these. This is to protect you as well as the surgeon. If a complication does arise and your surgeon does not know about it then it could be potentially dangerous.

If you don’t mention about having an allergy to a particular drug then you could be administered this drug which could be dangerous. If you are taking any medication then you need to mention this as it could react with the anaesthesia or drugs given to you at the time of your surgery. You will be advised to stop taking some certain medications before surgery, for example, anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin.

If you are taking any natural or nutritional remedies such as vitamin supplements then you will need to stop taking these. Check with your surgeon about what medication you can take, or need to stop taking.

There will be forms for you to sign: read through these carefully and if there is anything you don’t understand, ask. Don’t be afraid to ask the same question more than once. You need to be completely happy with the surgery and what it will involve.

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