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Breast Augmentation Checklist – Pre and Post-Op Tips

Ava Lawson | May 8, 2018 | Posted in Breast Augmentation

At the Manhattan plastic surgery office of Dr. Thomas Loeb, we believe that patient education is paramount. Before having any type of surgical procedure, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of what the procedure entails, potential risks and the recovery process. If you’re planning on having breast augmentation in the coming months, knowing what to expect and how to prepare pre-operatively can make the entire process much easier and more comfortable.

To help facilitate the best possible outcome, we’ve compiled a pre and post-operative breast augmentation checklist.

Pre-surgery preparations

These are some practical steps to take before having your breast enhancement.

  • If you are a smoker, stop all tobacco use at least one month prior to surgery
  • Arrange for at least one full week of vacation time
  • Ensure someone can take care of children for the first few days after the surgery
  • Get all prescriptions filled
  • Stock up on easy-to-prepare foods that are healthy
  • Confirm that you have a ride to and from the surgery clinic
  • Place ice packs in the freezer
  • Buy compression garments as directed by your surgeon
  • Purchase betadine solution, gauze and scar healing products
  • Make up the bed or sofa in your recovery room
  • Make sure you have plenty of good books and movies to watch
  • Take medications before the surgery as prescribed
  • Drink plenty of water and get a full 8 hours of sleep the night before your surgery
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions for fasting the night before

Day of breast augmentation surgery

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment
  • Do not take any supplements or vitamins the day of the procedure
  • Shower, but refrain from putting on any makeup, deodorant, body lotions or perfumes
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes and a top that can easily be removed or unzipped
  • Do not wear any jewelry and leave valuables at home
  • If you wear contact lenses, bring your case and saline solution

Post-op checklist

  • After the surgery, plan on resting at home for the remainder of the day
  • Try and elevate your head and upper body with pillows
  • Drink plenty of fluids (1 8-oz glass every 2-3 hours) to rehydrate
  • Take antibiotics and pain medication as directed
  • When your appetite returns, have a light meal such as soup or cottage cheese
  • Apply ice packs as directed to help minimize swelling
  • Avoid lifting, bending over or any strenuous activity for at least 3-4 days
  • You may shower, but avoid getting water near your wounds for several days
  • Put on compression garments as prescribed
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco products for at least one month post-operatively
  • If you have any concerns or questions, contact your plastic surgeon immediately
  • Attend all post-operative appointments

Breast augmentation in New York City

While the above guidelines are helpful, all patients have ample opportunity to ask questions about surgery preparations, day-of planning and aftercare tips during an in-depth consultation with Dr. Loeb.

If you are considering breast augmentation in NYC, Dr. Loeb’s reputation for natural, beautiful results is unsurpassed. Schedule a private consultation today by calling 212-327-3700.

Additional Breast Augmentation Checklist Resources:

  1. Real Self, What to set up and buy before your breast augmentation surgery https://www.realself.com/forum/set-and-buy-before-your-breast-aug-surgery
  2. Plastic Surgery Portal, Breast Augmentation Preparation Checklist http://www.plasticsurgeryportal.com/articles/breast-augmentation-preparation-checklist
  3. Medical News Today, Breast Augmentation: What You Need to Know https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263567.php

 

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