The term breast augmentation encompasses several different surgical procedures, with lifts and implants being the most common. For women with large, low breasts, they may decide to have their breasts lifted or even reduced in cup size.
Other women may choose to undergo having breasts implants placed to give a fuller, larger bust line. Both types of breast augmentation are very popular, with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reporting 90,000 lifts and 300,000 sets of implants performed in 2013 alone. Regardless of your choice of procedure, there are steps you can take to ensure the best outcome.
Arrange for Care Post-Surgery
You’ll need someone to take you to our surgi-center and back home again. You’ll also want another adult to stay with you for a day or two post-surgery, to make sure you are doing well before leaving you alone. You may ask this person to cook meals or keep an ear out for you while you’re washing up. If you have young children, you will likely not be able to lift them for some time. Plan ahead and ask for assistance during your recovery.
Prepare a Post-Surgery Room
A period of rest is often required following a breast augmentation. Prepare your room at home prior to surgery, so you’ll be comfortable throughout the recovery process. Arrange extra pillows or blankets and make sure you have comfortable clothes that are easily accessible.
Check Your Wardrobe
Loose-fitting, button-up shirts are easiest to get on and off after surgery. The last thing you’re going to want to do after breast augmentation surgery is put your hands over your head and try to wriggle in and out of t-shirts. You may also want to invest in slip-on shoes or sandals, as bending for your feet to tie shoes could be uncomfortable at first.
Follow Your Preparation Instructions to the Letter
You will likely be instructed not to eat after midnight the evening before your surgery, and not to have more than a sip of water in the morning. If you take medication, ask whether to take it the morning of surgery. Your surgeon may also instruct you not to work out the day before surgery. You’ll also be asked to scrub your surgical sites with antimicrobial soap the night before surgery and avoid wearing deodorant, lotion, or perfume. All of these instructions are crucial to ensuring a safe surgery and great result.
Preparing yourself for a breast augmentation is largely a matter of following instructions and predicting what is going to be difficult for a time after surgery. By carefully considering your recovery, you can put plans in place to make it as easy and free of discomfort as possible.
Prior to surgery, Dr. Jeneby and our medical team will go over everything you need to know for preparation and recovery. We’ll make sure all your questions are answered, and you feel comfortable throughout the entire process. Contact Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas to find out more or to schedule your consultation.