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not be rushed nor underestimated and taking good care of yourself to ensure
your body has sufficient time heal and look its best is essential.
with your surgeon on how best to prepare for surgery and recovery and their
advice should take precedence.
I will list the
things you can do to prepare for the surgery and to help with recovery.
Note, I am
listing things to make recovery easier and they do not serve as instructions
for recovery (i.e., after surgery, you have to avoid intensive exercise for 6
weeks, you may have to take antibiotics, do breast massages, wear sports bras,
- Firstly, if you smoke, then please stop smoking – 1 month before surgery. Smoking a cigarette within the month of the surgery can double your risk of infection. Smoking will also cause delayed wound healing, so it is important to cease smoking for 1 month after surgery as well.
- If you have children, then have someone ready to take care of them for at least a week.
- If you have a dog, have someone to walk the dog at least for 2 weeks.
- Please arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and accompany you for 24 hours right after surgery – most patients bring ask a friend to help.
- You do not want to have a lot of work waiting for you after surgery, so do them before
- Cook extra food ahead of time, or you can simply order food if you are not recovering at home
- You may start a healthier diet and engage in physical exercise, and avoid alcohol few days prior to surgery.
- Make sure to inform your surgeon of all your medications – natural and pharmaceutical
- You may have to stop some medications like aspirin and ibuprofen as then can increase bleeding.
- Bring loose-fitting clothes that open in the front and comfortable flat shoes that slip on – you will need such clothes while you recover for the 1st week.
Hope this helps!