Breast Augmentation Preparation | Kansas City, Kansas

Once you’ve decided to have a breast augmentation, whether it’s for reconstruction after a surgery, to reverse the effects of pregnancy or aging, or simply to even out and improve what nature has given you, it’s important to be prepared for the surgery. A full recovery is dependent upon good preparation beforehand, so be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully.

Two Weeks Prior

Avoid taking aspirin and other blood-thinning medications. Be sure to speak with your doctor about any prescription medications you may be taking. Stop smoking. Avoid alcohol and any recreational drugs. If you don’t already have loose-fitting clothing, especially blouses that button down the front, this is a good time to pick up a few. Meet with your doctor to finalize the plan for the size of your implants, and to review the procedure.

Several Days BeforeBreast Augmentation Preparation

Fill all of your prescriptions, including any for pain management. Pick up light foods like fruit juice, tea, toast, crackers, bagels, and fruit. You’ll want to avoid heavy, greasy, or spicy foods for a while. Since pain medication can induce constipation, you may want to consider picking up some over-the-counter stool softener. Avoid harsh laxatives.

Confirm with your support person that they’ll be able to drive you home after your breast augmentation, and that you’ll have a responsible adult to stay with you in the 24 hours following the surgery.

The Evening Before

Shower with the special anti-bacterial soap recommended by your surgeon. Eat lightly and avoid foods that cause gas or bloating. Get a good night’s sleep, and carefully follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding fasting in the hours leading up to the surgery.

The Day of the Breast Augmentation

Do not eat or drink prior to your surgery. Avoid cigarettes and alcohol. Wash with the antibacterial soap as instructed by your surgeon. Do not put on any makeup, perfume, or deodorant. Arrive a little early for your appointment so that you can fill out any last-minute paperwork and take care of any other details.

With careful preparation, your breast augmentation should go smoothly and recovery will be easier.

Breast Augmentation Recovery | Kansas City, Kansas

Women seek out breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. Reconstruction after a mastectomy, or rejuvenating breasts that have begun to sag due to aging, or recovering the fullness after childbirth, are some commonly cited reasons. Whatever your reason for having reconstructive or breast augmentation surgery, there are some important considerations when it comes to recovery.

Breast Augmentation Procedure

The procedure itself takes about an average of 2 hours under general anesthesia. Breast AugmentationYour surgeon will make the incision under the breast, under the arm, or near the nipple depending upon the surgical plan. The implant is then placed either under or above the chest muscle.


The recovery time will depend, in part, upon the type and size of augmentation that is performed. Whichever type of surgery you undergo, you’ll go from surgery into a recover room to be monitored while the anesthesia wears off.

Once you’re fully awake, you’ll be released. Be sure to have someone available to drive you home. If you have small children, you’ll need to have someone else to be responsible for their care for at least a few weeks, since you won’t be able to lift anything for up to six weeks, and will need to get plenty of rest in the days following your procedure.

At Home

You’ll probably have some pain and swelling over the first few days. You’ll need to wear a supportive garment or band, and you may have drainage tubes which will be removed after a few days. The gauze covering your incisions will need to be replaced regularly to aid in healing and prevent infection. Your doctor will prescribe pain relieving medication for at least the first few days. Be sure to take it as scheduled for maximum relief.

Following Up

Depending upon the type of breast implant you and your doctor choose, you may need to be monitored in the years after your implant, to ensure that your implants have not worn out or ruptured. Breast implants need to be replaced about every 10 years, or if you experience changes in your size or shape over time.

You should be able to return to normal activity in about 8 weeks. Scars will continue to fade for up to a year.


Call Dr. Rast at (913) 451-3722 or contact us online to learn more about breast surgery and your implant options. Our plastic surgery team will walk you through the breast augmentation procedure and help you achieve a natural, beautiful look based on your personal goals.


We are located conveniently and privately in the outskirts of Kansas City in Leawood, KS..