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.
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.