Consultation and Evaluation
First you will:

  • Discuss your specific goals with Dr. Swier
  • Have your physical and emotional health evaluated
  • Have your breasts photographed and examined for your medical records
  • Learn the likely outcomes and potential risks of the procedure
  • Get a course of treatment recommended by Dr. Swier
  • Schedule a baseline mammogram
  • Share your family’s history of breast cancer
  • Ask questions and get answers to help you understand the process

Be sure to:

  • Openly share your expectations
  • Disclose your complete health history, current medications, and use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Commit to precisely follow all of Dr. Swier’s instructions

 

 Before Surgery

You will be asked to:

  • Aviod certain medications that may complicate surgery or recovery
  • Stop smoking for a period of time before and after surgery
  • Arrange for help or special care following surgery

 

The Day of Surgery

  • Your procedure may be performed in a hospital, outpatient surgery center or office-based surgical suiteUsually a general anesthesia will be administered to keep you comfortable
    • If you are admitted to a hospital, your stay will be short, typically one night
  • You will emerge from surgery with, in some cases, small drainage tubes placed beneath the breast skin to help prevent fluids from accumulating
  • Gauze dressings will be placed on your breasts, covered with an elastic bandage or surgical bra
  • You’ll be taken to recovery where you will be closely monitored

 

Progress and Healing

Within one week:

  • You will begin to move about more comfortably and perhaps return to work
  • Surgical drains will be removed and dressings will be changed

After several weeks:

  • Most of the swelling and discomfort will diminish
  • You may stop wearing the support bra
  • Sensation within the nipple and areola will gradually improve
  • You may resume mild exercise and arm movements

After a few months:

  • Your breasts will start settling into a natural shape
  • Incision lines will begin to fade
  • You will notice relief from neck, back and shoulder pain