Breast Augmentation Preparation Checklist

by Trudi Schrieber

Breast Augmentation Preparation Checklist

The big decisions have been made: you’ve selected a qualified breast surgeon, you’ve discussed all your options with your doctor, and you’ve selected the size and type of implant you will use. Now that you’re preparing for your breast augmentation surgery, you might be wondering what next steps to take. Your doctor will walk you through all of the necessary pre-surgery steps, and you will want to follow all of his or her instructions very closely. In addition to these instructions, here is a quick guide to help you prepare for your breast augmentation.

1. Quit smoking. If you can’t give it up altogether, you should at least attempt to stop smoking at least two weeks in advance of the breast enhancement surgery and not smoke for a month thereafter. Smoking increases potential risks associated with surgical procedures, as nicotine inhibits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the surgery site.

2. Make sure that you understand all instructions accompanying prescriptions from your surgeon. Additionally, be sure to fill all prescriptions before undergoing surgery, so that you will have them ready during your recovery period.

3. Stop taking any blood-thinning medications at least two weeks before the surgery. These include aspirin-containing products, anti-inflammatories, and Vitamin E.

4. Purchase cotton sports bras without underwires. For the few weeks after the breast augmentation, you will want comfortable support.

5. Move any necessities you store on high shelves onto lower shelves. After your surgery, you should not reach high for things. You’ll want to be sure that everything you need is easily accessible (or that you have someone to grab those things off the high shelves for you).

6. Stock up on foods that are easy on the stomach, as well as foods that keep you regular. Crackers, soup, applesauce, and jello will be easy on your stomach as you recover. Foods high in fiber, prune juice, and even mild laxatives should be on hand, as pain medications often cause constipation.

7. Prepare your bed or recliner for sleeping. You will need to sleep with your upper body elevated for a few days after surgery to be sure your implants stay in position. Be sure to have plenty of pillows and blankets on hand.

8. Be sure you have someone to take you to and from your surgery, and to stay with you during the first night after the breast augmentation. It’s a good idea to have someone around your home to help fix your food and retrieve anything you need for a few days after your surgery.

9. Buy some frozen peas or ice packs. You will experience some swelling after your breast augmentation.

10. Wear comfy, loose clothes to your surgery.

If you need more pre-surgery tips or would like to arrange a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area, contact us today! Our friendly guest service liaisons can connect with you reputable, board-certified experts who can guide you through every stage of your breast augmentation.

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