How to Prepare for a Breast Aug?

I am a month away from my breast Aug and would like to know what are things physically, mentally, health wise I can do to prepare for this? What would make this easier or better? And what should I buy that will be much needed?

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How To Prepare For a Breast Augmentation

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Congratulations on your decision to have a Breast Augmentation!  Most surgeons will have a list of pre-operative instructions such as avoiding blood thinning medications, herbal supplements, smoking, what clothing to wear to surgery, etc.  Make sure you check with him/her so you can follow their specific requirements.  Eat healthy and avoid any upper body pectoral workouts to keep your muscle loose before your surgery and make sure to follow your surgeon's Post-Op instructions as well.  Best of luck!


Irvine Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Preparing for breast augmentation

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Hi! Thank you for your question

I am Dr. Speron, a proud member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).  I am also certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Prior to breast augmentation surgery, your board certified plastic surgeon may ask you to get lab testing or a medical evaluation. You will also need to take certain medications or adjust your current medications. Stop smoking 3 weeks prior to your surgery and 3 weeks after your surgery. Smoking will affect the healing process. You should also get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue.

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

Wear comfy, loose clothes to your surgery. Make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from your procedure as well as a friend or relative to stay with you for the first 24 hours after your breast augmentation.

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.

For specific instructions, consult with your plastic surgeon for further information

I have provided a  direct link for additional information as well as a lot of before and after pictures.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call us at 847.696.9900 for a private consultation.

Best of luck and have a great day!

Regards,

Dr. Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Preparing for breast augmentation

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Your surgeon should be able to provide extensive written instructions in order to help you prepare for your surgery. Ask him or her. In my office we provide a comprehensive packet which explains what foods to eat/avoid, medicines to take/avoid, what to wear to surgery, etc. This is an important part of your surgery.

Matthew Schulman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Preparing for Breast Augmentation

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Below is a preparation list.  These are things to consider.

1. Continue to live a healthy lifestyle. Getting good rest, exercise and eating a balanced diet.  No smoking.

2.  Make sure that your expectations for the procedure have been understood.  This means discussing the procedure and possible outcome(s) until you have a complete understanding (comfort level)

3.Expect a bigger result initially that will somewhat decrease in fullness as the swelling subsides.

4. Expect some fleeting sensations in your breast has they heal

5. Follow your surgeon's after care instruction to the letter!

6. Hopefully expect a great outcome (NOT PERFECT)

Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

How to Prepare for a Breast Aug?

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Just stay as fit and healthy as you can. If you are a smoker, stop. Your surgeon has presumably given you a list of medicines to avoid, most of which interfere with normal blood clotting (aspirin, motrin, etc.). 

Other than post-op medications, you should not need to purchase anything else. 

I would add that all surgeons have somewhat different routines for post-op care, and it is most appropriate to also ask this question to your surgeon. Best wishes for an uneventful recovery. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Talk to your doctor

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You are paying good money for the surgery, get the advice from the surgeon who is doing it, if they don't answer your question sufficiently, get another doctor who will.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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To prepare for a breast augmentation surgery, ask your surgeon for his/her instructions

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To prepare for a breast augmentation surgery, ask your surgeon for his/her instructions as each surgeon has their own protocol an what to do and what not to do.
In our clinic:

2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
Stop all blood thinner medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, advil, coumadin, warfarin, plavix) and supplements (omega 3, fish oil, garlic, vitamin E)
Stop smoking (even a single cigarette can have an adverse effect on your recovery and overall outcome of your breast augmentation surgery). Cigarettes contain Nicotine and Carbon Monoxide and a list of many poisonous substances. Carbon Monoxide prevents oxygen from being delivered to your cells and thus 'suffocates' healthy healing tissues while you are trying to recover from your surgery. Nicotine is a substance that causes your blood vessels to constrict, thus making it more difficult for your body to deliver blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the healing breast wounds. This slows down healing and makes you more susceptible to infection, wound breakdown and many other complications after surgery.
You should have all your blood work and test results done and forwarded to your clinic so that they are able to review your results
Make arrangements for transportation to and from the surgery
Make arrangements if you need someone to look after your children on the day of your surgery (pick up from school etc)


1 WEEK BEFORE YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
Stop drinking alcohol
Please let your surgeon know if you have a cold or any other infections going on as they need to be treated and resolved before your breast augmentation surgery.

1 DAY BEFORE YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
Prepare loose clothing to wear to the clinic
Prepare a little pack of things to bring with you (ID such as your driver's licence, credit card, water bottle, dry snacks to have after surgery)
Have nothing to eat or drink after midnight before your surgery because you can't have anything in your stomach for at least 8 hours prior to your surgery (you CAN have sips of water with your medication)
Continue taking all your prescription medication except for blood thinners (if unsure, please consult with your surgeon)

DAY OF THE BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
Take a shower, wash using simple soap and water. There is no need for any special cleansing soaps or shampoo
Please shave your armpits (if unshaven) if you are having breast augmentation through the armpit.
Do NOT put on any body lotion or antiperspirant.
You can brush your teeth but do not drink any water (unless its sips of water with medications)
Do NOT take any diabetic medication
Do take your blood pressure medication if you are prescribed any

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Preparing for breast augmentation

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1. Plan for a friend or family member to drive you home from the appointment. They should also be available to stay with you at your home for the first night of recovery.
2. It’s a good idea to make extra food and have plenty of snacks and fluids on hand. Arranging for child care and taking time off work for recovery is also advised.
3. Fill all necessary prescriptions and put them in a convenient location (such as a bedside table).
4. You may want to ask your surgeon for advice on when you can begin exercising and driving again.

Medication
You should not take any products containing aspirin, anti-inflammatories (like Advil, Motrin or ibuprofen), vitamin E or blood thinners (such as warfarin, anacrot or coumadin medications) in the 14 days leading up to your appointment. Tylenol is safe, but any medications that thin the blood greatly increase the risk of bleeding and can complicate surgery. Birth control pills and estrogen replacement therapy should be stopped for four to six weeks before surgery as well in patients who are having breast augmentation in combination with liposuction or a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). The use of these medications has been known to increase the risk of developing blood clots in the legs.

Herbal, natural, diet or other alternative products should also be avoided. These include ginseng, St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba and others. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist should be made aware of all medications you currently take as well.

Smoking and Illness
Smoking must also be stopped for at least four weeks before and after surgery. Patients who smoke during this period of time risk experiencing skin loss and poor wound healing.

Other Instructions and Tips
As mentioned above, you should be sure to discuss current medication use with your surgeon. Most daily-use prescription medications (like blood pressure or cardiac pills) can be taken on the morning of surgery with a small sip of water, but many other drugs and supplements can cause serious complications. It’s essential to follow your surgeon's instructions on which medications to avoid during the weeks leading up to the procedure.

Stick to a healthy diet and avoid alcohol for a few days before surgery. Exercise is greatly beneficial to general health, but it’s important to refrain from vigorous activity the day before. On the night before, you won’t be allowed to eat or drink after midnight or in the morning (surgeries are often cancelled if a patient doesn’t follow this rule). You should remove all make-up, nail polish, skin care products (like oils, lotions, creams, moisturizers or deodorant) and carefully wash the surgical area with antimicrobial soap in the shower.

On the day of your surgery, take any required medication. You may also brush your teeth, but do not swallow more than a sip or two of water. It’s a good idea to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and flat, slip-on shoes to the surgical facility. Sweat pants, buttoned or zippered shirts are ideal as they allow you to easily remove and put on your clothes. Do not wear a pull-over garment if you’re having facial surgery. If you’re undergoing any breast surgery, you should bring a wireless bra into the operating room.
Leave all valuables (including money and jewelry) at home.

Expect to take at least five to seven days off from work for recovery and consider having a friend or family member at home to help around the house. During this time strenuous exercise and work should be avoided. You may not operate hazardous machinery or motor vehicles for 24 hours after surgery as well.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Preparing for Breast Augmentation

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      Maintaining good protein intake with a well balanced diet both before and after surgery encourages the best healing environment.  If you are taking any medications, make sure they are OK to take.  Keep physical activity up before surgery, because you will have a period of several weeks following surgery wherein your activity will be restricted.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 230 reviews

Breast Augmentation Yields Great Results with Little Prep!

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Congratulations on your decision to move forward as surgery is an important one.  Preparing for surgery is a large part of your surgery success.  Be sure to schedule a pre-operative visit with your plastic/cosmetic surgeon at least 2 weeks prior to your surgery date.  Your surgeon should calm you and answer all of your questions at this time.

Some tips include; avoiding aspirin & ibuprofen 3 weeks prior to surgery, remember to schedule a driver, have a caregiver in place for the first 24 hours after your surgery.  A soft smooth sports bra for compression will ease your comfort.  Good luck!

Mitchell F. Grasseschi, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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