What pre-operative steps are necessary for my breast augmentation surgery?


What pre-operative steps are necessary for my breast augmentation surgery?

Breast enhancement surgery is elective giving you and your plastic surgeon time to individualize your needs to ensure that this is a safe operation. Your medical history and physical examination may require special medical consultation or tests. 

Depending upon your age, and medical and family history, your plastic surgeon may recommend a baseline mammogram before surgery and another mammographic examination afterwards. These tests will establish a firm baseline to detect future changes in your breast tissue.  Depending upon your medical history and examination, other breast imaging procedures may be required. Following breast augmentation, you are advised to perform monthly breast self-examinations and report any new changes with your plastic surgeon.

If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking at least three weeks before your surgery. All aspirin products and over-the -counter anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, etc) causes increased bleeding, and you will be advised to stop taking these medications two weeks before surgery. It is permissible to take Tylenol prior to surgery. A list of other medications, herbs, and nutraceuticals to avoid will be reviewed prior to your surgery.  You need to review with your plastic surgeon any prescribed medications that you are currently taking…as other instructions that are specific to you may be provided.

It is customary to require that you do not eat or drink any fluids 8 hours before your surgery. Breast augmentation is usually performed on an outpatient basis and you will need to make arrangements for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for the first 48 hours following surgery.

Prior to any surgical procedure, you should review any procedural information and review your informed consent, over and over again.  If you have any questions, reservations, or concerns, it is imperative that you contact your plastic surgeon to discuss these before your surgery!   It could mean that you post-pone or even cancel your operation if the terms and understanding of breast augmentation are unacceptable to you.

It is prudent to see and discuss these with a board certified plastic surgeon! 


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Englewood Plastic Surgeon