Preparing for Your Breast Implant Procedure
A breast augmentation procedure will allow you to achieve a larger cup size. For your health and safety, this plastic surgery procedure requires preparation. For example, the plastic surgeon will need to ensure that it’s safe for you to undergo an elective procedure. There are also a few things you should do to ensure a healthy recovery at home. The following are general guidelines to help you prepare. However, you should always defer to your surgeon’s instructions if they differ from these.
If you smoke, your doctor will instruct you to quit at least three weeks prior to your surgery date, although six to eight weeks prior is preferable. This is because smokers have a significantly higher risk of adverse reactions such as poor wound healing and infection due to decreased blood flow to the area.
Inform your plastic surgeon of all supplements (including vitamins and herbal supplements) and medications you’re taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The doctor may ask you to stop taking certain medications prior to your surgery to reduce the risk of excess bleeding.
Getting Medical Clearance
Depending on your overall health and whether you have any chronic medical conditions, you may need to get medical clearance for the surgery. Your plastic surgeon may refer you to your primary care doctor or your treating specialist for medical tests, such as bloodwork.
Ahead of your surgery, you should gather everything you’ll need for your recovery. Get your prescriptions filled ahead of time. While you’re at the pharmacy, pick up a stool softener and any recommended over-the-counter pain relievers that may be used along with the narcotic you’re prescribed. The stool softener is recommended as narcotics often cause constipation. You should also purchase a few sports bras that zip in the front, as these tend to be easier to wear after surgery. You may want a bag of frozen peas to use as an ice pack.
Arranging for Help
You’ll need a responsible adult to take you to and from your surgery. You should also have someone stay with you for a few days afterward. If you have kids, you’ll need to make arrangements for childcare.
If you have any questions about your upcoming breast augmentation surgery, you can get in touch with the team at Maloney Plastic Surgery in Tucson at (520) 298-2330. We prioritize the health and safety of our patients, and pride ourselves on delivering exceptional patient education.