It may seem antithetical, but recovery from a plastic surgery procedure begins before the surgery is even performed. Preparing for surgery gets your body ready for the procedure. Breast augmentation surgery patients will be given detailed instructions of do's and don'ts leading up to surgery. Be sure to follow all pre-op and post-op instructions closely. This will help improve healing times and the patient recovery experience. The instructions will also help prevent post-surgical complications from occurring.
Patients of Dr. John Griffin will receive more detailed surgical instructions during their consultation at our San Mateo office. Below are some general pre-op guidelines that will help breast augmentation patients know what to expect.
Avoid the Use of Tobacco Products
Cigars, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco can all have a negative impact on your body's ability to heal. Wounds may take longer to fully close, and the risk of an infection becomes much higher. Be sure to avoid tobacco products for at least two weeks before surgery, and continue to avoid tobacco products for several weeks after your breast augmentation surgery.
Avoid Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
Like tobacco products, alcoholic beverages have a negative impact on your body's ability to heal. To be on the safe side, be sure to avoid consuming alcoholic beverages a week to two weeks before your surgery and for several weeks after breast augmentation surgery.
Stop Taking Certain Medications as Directed
Blood thinners, aspirin, and other medications or supplements can have a negative impact on your body's ability to recover after a surgical procedure. You may be asked to stop taking medications and supplements prior to surgery as a precaution. Be sure to mention any drugs or vitamins you are taking during your consultation.
Run Errands Ahead of Time to Make Recovery Relaxing
About a week before your breast augmentation surgery, it's a good idea to run some simple errands. Be sure to do laundry, buy groceries, fill prescriptions, change your sheets, and clean up around your home. This ensures you can relax and focus on resting after surgery.
Arrange for Someone to Be with You Before and After Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery can improve your appearance, but surgery can be stressful and emotionally exhausting. It's important that you have a loved one with you as part of the process. This person can help drive you to the practice, drive you home after surgery, and keep you company for the crucial first few days after the surgery is performed. This moral and emotional support is essential for recovery.
What to Do the Night Before Your Breast Augmentation
The night before breast augmentation surgery, patients may be asked to fast. Some patients are given special cleaning instructions to help prep the breast and the chest for the surgery the next day. If you do have such instructions, be sure to note fasting times, hygiene instructions, and any other recommendations.
What to Do the Day of Your Breast Augmentation
On the day of your breast augmentation surgery, it's important that you avoid wearing makeup, lotion, perfume, or other kinds of beauty products. Leave all jewelry and accessories at home, and dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. This promotes a relaxed feeling among patients, and helps them feel calm as they head into surgery.
Learn More about Breast Augmentation
To learn more about breast augmentation surgery and whether or not it's the ideal option for you, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team will provide you with the information you need to get the most out of your surgical experience.