If you’re considering breast augmentation, it is likely that you have a few burning questions you need to be answered. By this point, you are probably familiar with the basic concepts such as implant type, incision location, and implant placement. If you haven’t already discussed these concepts with your plastic surgeon, read here for more information regarding breast augmentation options. However, chances are you have more questions that go beyond the decision-making process of your breast augmentation, and we have provided the answers to the following common questions.
What will I need to do during the month leading up to my surgery?
It’s best to continue a healthy diet and exercise regimen to physically prepare your body for surgery. You should quit smoking at least a month before your surgery to help facilitate a healthy and speedy recovery. Blood work will be drawn to ensure that it is safe for you to undergo surgery. During this month, it is best to make plans for your care and recovery following your surgery. Line up someone to drive you to and from your surgery and someone to help take care of you for the first 24 to 48 hours following your procedure. If you have young children, plan to have a secondary caregiver to do the heavy lifting for two weeks following your surgery.
What will I need to do during the two weeks leading up to my surgery?
Two weeks before your surgery, you should stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood thinners as to prevent excess bleeding during and after your surgery. You should also avoid taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medication, vitamin E, and all herbal teas or medications. You shouldn’t drink alcohol for 72 hours prior to your surgery date.
What will I need to do the night before my surgery?
The night before your surgery, you should get a good night’s sleep. Being well rested will help your recovery. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, including water. You must be in a fasted state to receive sedation for surgery. If you are not in this fasted state, your surgery will be canceled. You can shower the night before or the day of your surgery. You should show up to your appointment in loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t need to be lifted over your head.
What steps are involved in the breast augmentation procedure?
- Your doctor will make markings on your body to outline where he will make incisions.
- You will change into your hospital gown, get hooked up to the monitoring machines, and have your IV inserted.
- General anesthesia will be administered.
- Once you are put under anesthesia, the doctor will make an incision along the outlined area.
- Your doctor will create a breast pocket for the implant to sit in.
- The implant will be inserted and positioned properly.
- Your incisions will be stitched closed, and bandages will be applied.
- You will slowly awaken once from the anesthesia.
What will I feel like immediately following my procedure?
When you first come out of the anesthesia, you are likely to feel disoriented, groggy, and have some pain or discomfort. Many women comment that they feel pressure on their chest, which can feel awkward at first. You will need to have someone available to drive you home because you cannot drive for the first 24 hours following your surgery.
What will the rest of my recovery period be like?
It is important that you avoid strenuous physical activity for two weeks following your surgery. The first few nights you may find it difficult to lay down. To help prevent blood clotting and for your comfort, you should sleep and relax in an upright position and slowly walk every couple of hours. After two weeks, you may be able to resume low impact physical activity. Increased physical activity should only be done with your doctor’s permission, but most people can resume moderate activity after four weeks of recovery.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery to increase the size and correct the shape of your breasts, schedule your consultation at the Èlan Institute for Plastic Surgery. Contact our office by calling 714-834-0101, or fill out our online contact form for more information.