Easy Steps to Prepare for Your Breast Augmentation Procedure
Every woman deserves to feel confident about her body. Maybe you already are, or maybe you are just looking to enhance your look.
Whatever your case is, choosing a breast augmentation surgery is already a significant step towards your goal. To make your procedure and the process easier and less worrisome, we have provided a detailed explanation of how to properly prepare for your surgery.
Preparing for Your Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentations are best defined as artificial enlargement of the breasts for cosmetic purposes. Because this procedure requires surgery, it is best to begin preparing at least two weeks prior. Preparation for breast augmentation should be similar to preparing for any other type of surgery.
A few of weeks before your procedure, you will be required to undergo blood work. The purpose of the test is to determine that components in your blood are of normal levels. These may include hemoglobin, platelets, electrolytes, creatine, and INR (ability to clot).
If you are 40 or older, or if younger with a family history of breast disease, we will request that you have a bilateral mammogram or breast ultrasound before surgery.
Important factors to also note include being over age 50, which will require an electrocardiogram, to determine the functionality and regularity of your heart.
Two Weeks Before
Your self-preparation should begin as early as two weeks prior to your procedure. Preparation at this stage should include ensuring that you will have meals prepared in the case that you are unable to cook your own meals during your recovery period.
During this time, you should also secure a reliable ride home from your procedure as well someone calm and responsible to stay at your side for at least a full day after your surgery. If you have children or pets, you may also need to arrange appropriate care for them as well.
Some dietary changes you will need to make before your surgery include refraining from the consumption of alcohol and use of nicotine, medications that can interfere with your blood-clotting ability, and herbal supplements. Both alcohol and nicotine have been proven to prolong your recovery process as well as increase complications after surgery such as bruising, delayed healing and infection. Medications that should be avoided include aspirin and ibuprofen – these thin the blood (platelets) and can increase chances of abnormal bleeding or bruising.
If you do not feel the need to take a prescription strength painkiller, consider using acetaminophen or Tylenol as an alternative. Lastly, herbal supplements have the potential to react negatively with anesthesia, something that should be avoided at all costs.
Be sure to drink plenty of water in the weeks before your procedure and stay hydrated.
One Week Before
As you get closer to the date of your surgery, you may find yourself anxious or nervous. However, properly preparing can help minimize these feelings You should consider this week the final stages in your preparation and should make sure you have everything you need for use during your recovery period.
Some things you should purchase include antibacterial soaps, loose clothing such as pajamas or robes, easily removable shirts, fiber supplements, stool softeners, and low-sodium foods. During your procedure, you will most likely be given a narcotic medication which is commonly known to cause constipation and bowel issues. This is why it is important to purchase stool softeners.
Foods that are low in sodium include fruit, jello, pudding, and soup. Be sure to buy plenty of water and electrolyte filled liquids as well.
The Night Before
You are now only a couple hours away from your procedure and you may find that you feel more nervous as the surgery gets closer. This is normal, and you are properly prepared!
Be sure to avoid consuming any foods or drinks in the last 8 hours before your procedure – or as instructed by your anesthesia instructions. Eating or drinking too close to anesthesia can cause regurgitation of stomach contents which may enter your lungs. In the worst case, your surgeon may postpone or cancel your procedure entirely.
Be sure to shower using your antibacterial soap the night before or morning of surgery. It is also important to do your best to get a good night’s rest. If anxious, meditation or breathing exercises can help calm your mind.
The Day Of Your Breast Augmentation
After making sure that you have everything ready for the big day, you may follow the detailed guidelines on pre-operation preparation given to you by your surgeon or physician. This will lead up to the last step which is undergoing the surgery.
Dr. Rebecca Novo and her team offer complimentary surgery consultations and will create a customized treatment plan for you based on your needs. Here are some quick questions to figure out if breast augmentation is right for you:
- Are you unsatisfied with your body?
- Do you have enough time in your busy schedule to recover?
- Do you have enough money to cover the expenses stress-free?