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Breast Reduction: Prepare for Your Procedure

Properly preparing for your procedure is a key step in achieving a stress-free breast reduction from our Denver office. Patients should be proactive regarding their own health and informed about their surgical options. This relates not only to the surgery, but also to your recovery. This breast reduction guide will give you tips on the best questions to ask during your initial consultation, ideas for what to look for in a surgeon, and help you prepare yourself for your surgery and the healing process.

At Your Consultation

Finding a top-notch surgeon for your breast reduction is an important first step to ensuring ideal results. One of the best ways to narrow down your choices is by having a list of questions prepared to ask likely candidates. These may be asked during your initial consultation:

  1. What is your educational background, and what are your credentials?
  2. What types of certifications do you hold?
  3. How long has your practice been active?
  4. What is your complication rate for breast reductions?
  5. What is the average number of breast reductions your practice performs in a year?

Additionally, feeling comfortable with your surgeon on a personal level will go a long way toward helping you feel positive about your surgery, so listen to your instincts as well as checking professional qualifications.

Preparing For Surgery

Getting ready for your breast reduction will begin far before you see the operating room at all. Before your appointment, there are several things you can do to prepare for both your surgery and your recovery.

Personal Considerations

  1. Arrange transportation both to and from your surgery, and make sure you’ll have someone with you around the clock for the first 24 hours.
  2. Rearrange any important meetings or deadlines that fall during your recovery, so you can just focus on taking care of you.
  3. Prepare a few meals ahead of time and freeze them to make eating well as hassle-free as possible.
  4. Line up support from friends or family to help around the house in case you don’t feel up to it.

Physical Considerations

  1. Let Dr. Campanile know if you’re taking supplements, vitamins or prescription medications.
  2. Smoking slows the healing process and may bring needless complications to the surgery. Smokers should quit at least two weeks prior to their appointment, and not start up again until at least two weeks after the surgery.
  3. Wash with an antimicrobial soap before surgery to minimize infection risks, and avoid application of body lotions or makeup the day of your appointment.
  4. Wear loose-fitting clothing that’s easy to get on and off. For a breast reduction, a button-up shirt will be easier to manage than something that pulls on over your head.
  5. May I see before and after breast lift photos of women with similar body types to mine?

Handling Recovery

The first few days after your surgery are the most challenging. Most patients feel tired and sore initially, and may feel discouraged because of pain or low energy levels. During this time, it’s important to remember that this uncomfortable stage will pass quickly if you give your body lots of rest and time for recovery.

  1. A special support bra may be needed to promote initial healing.
  2. Listen to your body, and don’t overdo it.
  3. Rest for the first several days, and then ease back into a low-activity routine.
  4. Avoid activities that could put strain on your incisions.
  5. Follow any additional instructions Dr. Campanile may suggest to aid recovery.

If you have any questions about preparing for your procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 303-345-7476.

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