Procedure Preparation Guide: Breast Augmentation
If you’re looking forward to a breast augmentation, preparing properly for your procedure is one of the best things you can do to ensure optimal results. At Campanile Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to helping you understand what you need to know about your plastic surgery procedure, which is why we’ve compiled a breast augmentation preparation guide.
This information can help you prepare for each stage of the breast augmentation process so that you’re well-informed every step of the way. If you have any questions that aren’t addressed here, please contact us online or call us at 303-345-7476.
Preparing For Your Breast Augmentation Consultation
A consultation is the first step toward a successful breast augmentation, and knowing what to ask can help you make the most of your time with your plastic surgeon. Your consultation is an opportunity for you to explain your appearance goals and explore your options, and a checklist can help you navigate the process.
In The Waiting Room
When you arrive at your plastic surgeon’s office, make note of your surroundings:
- Is the office clean and organized?
- Are the staff members courteous and kind?
- Fill out medical paperwork thoroughly and accurately
- Bring a list of all medications, herbs and supplements you take
Meeting With Your Plastic Surgeon
You’ll be working closely with your plastic surgeon, and it’s important that you have a comfortable, trusting rapport with them. When meeting with your plastic surgeon for the first time, consider the following:
- Does your plastic surgeon put you at ease?
- Do they answer your questions and listen to your concerns?
- Do they do a good job of explaining the procedure?
- Do they help you understand what your options are?
What To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon
- Am I good candidate for breast augmentation? Why or why not?
- How many breast augmentations have you performed?
- What board certifications do you hold?
- Is your surgical facility accredited?
- Can I see before and after breast augmentation photos of women with similar body types to mine?
2 Weeks Before Breast Augmentation
- Stop all use of aspirin, ibuprofen and other blood-thinning medications
- Plan for someone to drive you home from your breast augmentation and make sure you’ll be accompanied for the first 24 hours after your procedure
- Make necessary childcare arrangements for first week of recovery
Several Days Before Breast Augmentation
- Clean the house
- Stock the fridge with ready-to-go healthy meals
- Prepare your recovery space
- Get what you need from high shelves
- Check with your plastic surgeon’s office before taking any over-the-counter medicine
- Don’t consume alcohol 24 hours before your breast augmentation
The Big Day
- Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the before your surgery
- Don’t wear makeup or use perfume, creams, powder, deodorant or lotions
- Wear glasses instead of contact lenses
- Don’t wear any jewelry or valuables
- Dress in comfortable, loose clothing
Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips
There are a number of items you’ll want to have on hand so that you’re as comfortable as possible during your recovery.
- Pillows: For the first few weeks of recovery, you’ll need to sleep in a reclined position. Extra pillows are necessary to support your back
- Stool softener: Anesthesia and prescription pain medication can cause constipation. Stool softener can help keep your bowels regular.
- Ice packs: A cold compress can help to reduce swelling and promote healing.
- Entertainment: You’ll be taking it easy for the first several days of your breast augmentation recovery. Relax with your favorite magazines, movies or TV shows.
- Comfortable clothing: It will be impossible to lift your arms over your head, so pulling shirts on and off isn’t an option at first. Opt for tops you can unzip or unbutton with ease and comfort.
After Your Breast Augmentation
Once your initial stage of healing has passed, you’ll still have a few more months to wait before seeing your final results. For many women, this can be the time when they feel most impatient, because their energy levels are back to normal but their new look is still developing.
- You may notice some asymmetry at first. This is normal, as each breast tends to heal and implants drop at a different rate.
- Don’t go bra shopping too early, as it takes time for swelling to dissipate. For now, stick with soft, supportive bras and hold off on getting a formal fitting until your plastic surgeon gives the all clear.
- Scar appearance will continue improving as the weeks and months pass. You’ll be surprised at how much scars continue to fade even a year after your breast augmentation. It can take up to 2 years for scars to fully mature.
- Implants will continue to settle and drop, and you should have a good idea of how your final results look by around the 6-month mark.
Most of all, try to stay patient throughout the breast augmentation experience from consultation through recovery and seeing your final results. This is an exciting time with lots of big changes to look forward to, and while getting breast implants can certainly be very rewarding, breast augmentation is also a process that requires a certain time investment that can’t and shouldn’t be rushed.
Once you’re ready to move forward with breast augmentation, please contact us online or call our Denver office at 303-345-7476. We look forward to helping you feel and look your best.