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  • You have been given a prescription for antibiotic either Cephalexin or Clindamycin.  Please start taking the antibiotic immediately following your surgery as prescribed and until finished.

  • The pain medication prescribed will either be Tylenol #3 or Percocet. You can take 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed.

  • Do not drive for 24 hours after the procedure and/or until you have stopped prescription pain medications.

  • Ice packs can be used to help alleviate pain and swelling. DO NOT apply ice directly on the skin. Avoid using hot compresses.

  • You will be going home with tensors. They should be worn for the first week even while sleeping.  Afterwards, you can switch to a sports bra for support. You should wear your support bra throughout the day and while you sleep. You should wait about 6 weeks until all the swelling has settled before you start purchasing custom-sized bras.

  • You are allowed a 1-hour break daily from wearing your support bra. You can use this time to shower and relax in bed. Otherwise, you should not perform any activities without wearing your bra.

  • Steri-Strips and a waterproof clear plastic dressing will be covering your incisions. These dressings will be changed at your 1-week follow-up.  If the waterproof plastic dressing gets wet/soaked, please remove the top layer and leave the Steri-Strips (paper strips) below intact.  You can shower with Steri-Strips exposed. After your shower, please pat the strips dry with a towel or blow dry with a dryer on a low-heat setting.

  • You should take a shower 48 hrs after your procedure. Remove your Tensors and shower with soap and water allowing it to run over the incisions. Keep the waterproof dressing intact, unless it's soaked.

  • You must AVOID heavy lifting and sudden/quick arm movements. NO reaching for or holding heavy items above your head.

  • No exercise for the next 3-6 weeks or as advised by Dr. Chivers or his nurse.

  • Do not expose the incision site to the sun for 6 weeks. 

  • Swelling, bruising, and pain are expected and will improve in 6-8 weeks.

  • For several days after the surgery, you will be at risk of fainting. If you suddenly feel hot and begin to sweat, lie down and bend your knees. A cold compress on the forehead/neck can help relieve these symptoms. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent this.

  • If you suddenly experience severe pain, swelling, and/or bruising in one breast, please call our office immediately. This can be indicative of a hematoma.

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If you have any questions or non-emergent concerns, please call our office at: (416) 244-8377,

Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm, or email us at


*For urgent questions, please call Centenary Hospital Locating at (416) 281-7111 and ask to have Dr. Chivers paged. If necessary, then proceed to the Centenary Hospital Emergency where Dr. Chivers can meet you.

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