If you’re planning to have breast augmentation surgery, right now you’re pretty excited about getting the procedure. You’re also likely wrestling with concerns that the whole experience won’t turn out the way you want.
The best thing to do is to prepare your body and your mind for your surgical procedure. This means taking care of your health, learning as much as you can about the procedure, and getting to know the people who will be taking care of you
To help you prepare, we’ve prepared the following checklist of what to do before and after your breast augmentation to get the best results. By following these steps, you will not only shorten your recovery time, but you’ll also achieve the results you’ve been hoping for.
What To Do Before Your Procedure
1. Get On The Same Page As Your Doctor.
When you first discuss your surgery with your surgeon, be clear about the results you want. What size are you dreaming of? Is there a certain projection you’d prefer?
This blog has a great breakdown of the different shapes and descriptions you can use to discuss your ideal results with your surgeon. You can also watch the video below for more tips.
2. Make Sure You’re As Healthy As Possible.
Any surgeon will advise you to practice a healthy lifestyle before your surgery as well as after the procedure. This means following a healthy, clean diet; doing a daily exercise routine; and getting enough good sleep.
If you smoke, stop as soon as possible—even if it’s just a day or two before your surgery. Smoking can cause problems with breathing and recovery from anesthesia and surgery. Your doctor will advise you on what medications you should cease before surgery, be sure to have an updated list of all your medications and supplements you are taking.
- Reduce Stress.
Doctors know patients who are relaxed and calm heal the fastest and have the best surgical outcomes. But stress can be impossible to avoid, especially if you have a fast-paced job or hectic social life.
Consider adding yoga to your exercise routine or practice a daily meditation to alleviate built-up tension. Take a day off from work before your procedure to destress, run errands, and prepare for surgery.
- Ask Your Doctor For Advice Rather Than Researching It Yourself.
When it comes to preparing for a breast augmentation procedure, too much research can cause you unnecessary worry. Rather than search incessantly for information on the internet, ask your doctor the questions you have about their credentials, the procedure, pain management, recovery — anything you need to know to ease your mind.
- Follow Doctor’s Pre-Surgery Directions.
The day before your procedure, you may be told not to eat or drink anything after midnight if you’re having general anesthesia. Arrive at the time given to you by your medical team.
What To Do After Your Procedure
- Wear Your Support Garment.
After your breast augmentation, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings, and an elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Wear your support garment as instructed by your plastic surgeon. They may be inconvenient, but they serve an important purpose.
- Take It Easy Until You Have Permission to Increase Your Activity Level.
You may experience soreness, swelling, and some pain for a few weeks after your surgery. It’s best to keep stretching and full-body exercise to a minimum to give your stitches plenty of time to heal.
But this doesn’t mean you should stay on the couch for weeks. Many surgeons encourage walking as early as the day after. Light walking helps circulate the blood and prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to a pulmonary embolism.
- Add More Protein To Your Healthy Diet.
After surgery, your body requires more protein to promote healing. Nuts and meat are all good sources of protein. In addition to eating plenty of high-protein foods, try adding sources of bromelain to reduce inflammation and bruising, such as pineapple.
- Consider Follow-up Procedures.
In addition to follow-up appointments with your doctor, consider post-surgery procedures to speed up your recovery. Lymphatic drainage massage can reduce fluids and swelling and prevent the formation of scar tissue. Later on, you also can have your scars lasered to remove any redness. As always, these options should be considered after visiting with your surgeon. They will give you the appropriate timeline of when they might be available to you post operatively.
- Call Your Doctor With Any Concerns.
If you’re worried about any redness that looks like infection or something that doesn’t feel right—or anything no matter how trivial it may seem to you—report it to your doctor. They are here to help and would much rather be “inconvenienced” by a call than learn you were concerned or stressed during your recovery.
Is Breast Augmentation Right for You?
At Proffer Surgical Associates, you will receive breast augmentation under the care and supervision of the best plastic surgeons in the Amarillo, Texas, region.
Once you schedule a consultation, our team will answer any questions you have regarding your surgery, provide honest recommendations for your expectations, and offer personalized advice on what to do before and after your breast augmentation procedure to get the best results. You’ll also tour our facilities and meet every member of your medical team who will take care of you.
Schedule a consultation with Proffer Surgical Associates to get started. Together we'll address your specific needs and tailor a solution just for you.