Getting ready for your breast augmentation surgery can be an exciting but stressful time. Planning ahead before the procedure can help you experience a smoother surgery and an easier recovery period. The information below does not replace the advice of your surgeon but can provide you with helpful reminders about what to expect and how to be better prepared.
Making Personal Arrangements
Step 1: Make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from your procedure as well as a friend or relative to stay with you for the first 24 hours after your breast augmentation.
Step 2: If you have small children, you may want to make arrangements for their care as well. Prepare extra food ahead of time and have plenty of fluids and crackers available. Minimize your responsibilities at work and at home so that you can have a few relaxing days to recover.
Step 3: Make sure any prescription medications have been filled and are in a convenient location. Ask your physician when you can resume driving a car, having sex and exercising.
Step 4: The list of things you will need to bring with you on the day of your surgery is short. Generally, patients should have their identification and a small bag to carry medications and paperwork.
- If you smoke, it is essential that you reduce or stop smoking before your procedure and for some time afterward. Be sure to discuss this openly with your doctor.
- Make sure your physician is aware of any medications, supplements, and herbs you are currently taking. For instance, certain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen can cause bleeding problems during and after the procedure. Carefully follow your physician’s instructions and do not take these medications for a few weeks prior to your procedure.
- Eat a healthy diet and avoid drinking alcohol a few days prior to your procedure.
- Exercise is generally good for your overall health; however, refrain from extremely vigorous exercise the day before your breast augmentation procedure.
- Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night before the procedure.
- The night before your procedure, shower and wash your surgical areas with antimicrobial soap. After your shower do not wear any makeup, moisturizers, oils, creams, or lotions — including deodorant.
- Remove nail polish from at least one fingernail and toenail to help the anesthesia person monitor your blood circulation during your procedure.
- The morning of your breast augmentation procedure you may brush your teeth, but do not swallow more than a sip of water. If your physician allows you to take any prescribed medication, swallow it with a minimal amount of water.
- When you go to your physician's office, wear loose-fitting clothes that open in the front and comfortable flat shoes that slip on.
Once anesthesia has taken effect, your plastic surgeon will make an incision behind each breast to create a “pocket” – a space within your breast tissues – for each breast implant. The breast implants will then be placed in the pockets and positioned for optimal appearance and symmetry. After comparing both breasts to ensure proper implant placement, your plastic surgeon will close the incisions – usually with stitches, although tape or glue may also be used.
Breast augmentation is most frequently performed on an outpatient basis in a hospital operating room, surgery centre, or surgical suite in a surgeon’s office. You and your plastic surgeon may also decide on an approach to your surgery that could require an overnight stay at the hospital.
Each case may differ, but on average, breast augmentation surgery lasts one to two hours. General anesthesia is commonly used, but local anesthesia also is an option. Your doctor can discuss with you the most appropriate choice of anesthesia for you.