Before Breast Surgery

Breast surgeries are some of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the world today. Whether you're looking to have your breast augmented, reduced in size, or lifted, rest assured that thousands of women have undergone this procedure before you. Still, it's not for everyone, and there are many important considerations to keep in mind before your procedure.

Consult with your surgeon

Before undergoing breast surgery, the first step is to find a surgeon and make sure you're a good candidate for the procedure you have in mind. During the consultation visit, your surgeon will examine your case to determine whether you would benefit from surgery. Ask to see before and after photos, discuss your concerns and fears, and in general make sure you're on the same page as the doctor before committing to breast surgery.

Following the consultation visit, your surgeon may schedule lab work or other pre-surgery tests, such as an x-ray or mammogram. Be sure to undergo these screening exams in a timely manner so that your surgery is not delayed. If you have any concerns about your health before the surgery, discuss them with your surgeon.

Take care of your health

If you have been cleared for surgery, you'll need to stop smoking, as well as using certain medications that can interfere with the healing process, several weeks before the scheduled date for your procedure. Always tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements, in case you'll need to adjust the dosage or stop taking them prior to the surgery.

In the days leading up to your breast surgery, take some time to plan for the recovery phase. You'll need to take one to two weeks away from work and other obligations. Set up a place in your home to recuperate, and gather all of the necessary supplies now. Your surgeon should provide you with a list of everything you'll need following surgery. You may also want to find a friend or family member who is willing to stay with you during the first few days of your recovery.

During the weeks before the surgery, be sure to take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest. Doing so will ensure that your body is as prepared as possible for the surgery and recovery.

Get support from others who have been there

As the big day draws closer, you may be feeling very anxious about going under the knife. Don't be afraid to talk to your surgeon or to other women who have had breast surgery. Take some time to relax on the night before your surgery. Your surgeon may provide you with Valium or Xanax to help you relax on the morning of your breast surgery.

On the morning of your scheduled procedure, dress in comfortable and loose-fitting clothing, including a button-up shirt. Also bring surgical bras or compression garments as suggested by your surgeon. If your surgeon has given you instructions regarding what to eat or drink, be sure to follow them. Good luck!

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