Before beginning the process, Dr. Dees recommends that you research breast reduction on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website to ensure that you completely understand the procedure along with the facts that the surgery delivers different results for each patient. The first step in the process of getting a breast reduction begins by simply picking up the phone to call Dr. Dees’ office to schedule your free initial cosmetic consultation. During this consultation, you and Dr. Dees will go over the surgical techniques that are best for you. A personalized reduction plan will be agreed upon and photos will be taken. After you have the necessary information and Dr. Dees is comfortable with your knowledge of the reduction plan, you will return home and spend time reviewing the information in order to decide if the surgery is right for you. If you decide to proceed, call the office to schedule your surgery. Once your surgery is scheduled, it is important to organize your life, job, school, and family. Recovery times vary from patient-to-patient; therefore, it is recommended that you be prepared in advance. Approximately two-to-three days prior to surgery you will have a preoperative office visit. After you are cleared for surgery, Dr. Dees will give you written preoperative instructions, prescriptions, and order an evaluation by the anesthesia department at the surgery center. Lab work may be required. Fees will be paid at this time. On the day of your surgery, you may take a preoperative oral sedation before arriving at the outpatient surgery center. This will require you to have someone drive you to and from the surgery. Upon your arrival at the center, you will complete any required paperwork, verify all of your information, and give your final consent for the surgery. Before surgery can begin, you will have one final anesthesia evaluation. After you are cleared for surgery, an IV will be started and medication will be given. Once the procedure is complete, the healing process begins, which will vary from patient-to-patient. You will be in recovery for at least two hours. After you are released from the anesthesiologist, given post-operation instructions and a follow-up appointment time, your driver may take you home.