DR. EFFIE POLITIS
WHAT IS AN INTERNAL BRA?
The Internal Bra is a new surgical technique that provides internal support to your breast tissue and/or implants. Think of it as a push up without the push up bra!
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?
Candidacy for an Internal Bra procedure is someone who has weak breast tissue that may not adequately support an implant, someone with breast implants experiencing recurrent breast sagging, or someone with breast implants experiencing implant malposition.
HOW IT'S DONE:
The Internal Bra procedure is done in the OR under general anesthesia. Dr. Politis places a supportive mesh-like material that attaches to the chest wall in the breasts. This acts as an internal support team by counteracting the aging and sagging process. It anchors the breast tissue and skin in a fixed position and acts as an invisible bra to provide constant support.
RESULTS, RECOVERY, FREQUENCY
Recovery from an Internal Bra procedure can take up to 6 weeks and results can last 10 or more years.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
You may experience temporary pain, soreness, and numbness of breast skin and/or incision discomfort. Maximum discomfort will occur the first few days but may last several weeks.
You will leave the operation with an ACE bandage around your chest or a bra.
Your implants may sit high on your chest for 4-6 weeks.
You may not have sensation in the nipples, but this usually returns over time.
Your first menstruation following surgery may cause breast swelling and pain.
You may feel tired for several weeks or months.
Have all prescriptions filled prior to your surgery. Do not take any Aspirin, Plavix, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Coenzyme Q10 or medications containing these compounds for 14 days before your procedure.
Begin your stool softener on the day prior to surgery to avoid constipation.
If you have implants: You will need to shower twice daily using antibacterial soap for the three days leading up to your procedure and the morning of your surgery for a total of 6 showers.
If you do not have implants: Wash with Hibiclens or antibacterial soap the night before surgery, as directed. Cleanse your belly button area with a Qtip and the antibacterial soap while showering.
Do not shave the surgical site within 2 days of surgery. This includes under arms for breast procedures and the pubic area for abdominal procedures. Hair may be trimmed with an electric clipper.
Avoid using body lotions, deodorants or perfumes on the day of surgery.
Do not wear any jewelry, piercings or contact lenses.
Refrain from vigorous exercise on the day before your surgery.
Have a regular meal on the evening before surgery, and drink plenty of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages on the evening before surgery. Do no eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
You may shower 24-48 hours after your operation, but no soaking in a bathtub. Lukewarm water.
Elevate the body part that was treated if possible.
The incisions where your physician inserted the cannula may be leaky or drain fluids for several days.
Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
If you have drains, follow the drain care instructions given to you by your physician
May pad incision(s) with dressings for comfort.
Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
Start walking as soon as possible, as this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
No strenuous exercise for four to six weeks as it may trigger unnecessary fluid retention in the treated areas.