Procedural Preparation Guide: Breast Reduction
If you’ve decided to have a breast reduction, preparing for your surgery is a key component in making sure you get your best possible results. At Campanile Plastic Surgery, we want to give you as much information as possible to help you understand your procedure. We hope this guide will be a valuable resource to you as you prepare to have breast reduction surgery, from consultation to recovery.
If you have questions that are not answered here, don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at 303-345-7476.
Meeting with Your Plastic Surgeon
At your breast reduction consultation, it’s important to ask yourself the right questions to help you make the most informed decisions. When you meet with your plastic surgeon, ask yourself:
- Are my questions being answered to my satisfaction?
- Are my concerns being listened to and addressed?
- Has the procedure been explained to me clearly and thoroughly?
- Have my options regarding this procedure been explained?
- Do I feel comfortable with this plastic surgeon?
What to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon
It’s also important to ask your plastic surgeon certain questions to help you determine whether he or she – and the procedure itself – is right for you. Ask your plastic surgeon:
- What certifications do you hold?
- Am I a good breast reduction candidate? Why?
- Do you perform procedures in an accredited facility?
- How many breast reductions have you done?
- Do you have before and after photos of breast reductions that you have done?
Finally, you need to let your plastic surgeon know some things about you in order for him or her to make an honest assessment. Tell your plastic surgeon:
- If you are currently taking any medications, including herbs or supplements
- If you smoke
- If you have any medical conditions
- Your expectations for breast reduction surgery
Your Preparation Countdown
Taking steps to properly prepare for breast reduction will directly impact the quality of your recovery and your results. Since you’ll have limited mobility for a while, plan ahead for smoother sailing as you recover.
Two Weeks Before Breast Reduction
- Stop taking ibuprofen, aspirin or any kind of blood thinning medications.
- Find someone to drive you home after your procedure.
- Ensure that someone will be with you in the 24 hours following your breast reduction.
- Make childcare arrangements for your recovery.
Several Days Before Breast Reduction
- Clean your house and make sure your recovery space is comfortable and organized.
- Stock up on healthy meals that are easy to prepare, make some things ahead of time that you can heat up later or recruit someone to cook for you during your recuperation.
- Make sure you have access to everything you’ll need during your recovery.
- Dress in loose, comfortable clothing.
- Don’t wear contact lenses.
- Don’t wear makeup, perfume, moisturizer or deodorant.
- Don’t eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery.
Breast Reduction Recovery Tools
Here are some things you may want to have on hand to help you enjoy a more comfortable recovery:
- Ice packs and cold compresses to reduce swelling and aid in healing
- Books, magazines, movies or other things to help you prevent boredom
- Comfortable clothing
- Healthy snacks
- Stool softener (prescription pain medication can cause constipation)
- Plenty of soft pillows and blankets
Always follow the specific aftercare instructions given to you by your plastic surgeon. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, contact your plastic surgeon. Be patient, and allow yourself the time you need to heal. Your beautiful results will be worth the wait.
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