For most women, pregnancy and breast feeding takes a toll on their breast. Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, involves the surgical placement of breast implants to restore breast volume and improve breast symmetry. The best candidates for this procedure are young women who have small breasts and want to increase the size of their breasts. Breast augmentation can help to:
- Increase the fullness of your breast
- Boost your confidence and self-image
- Balance your body figure
If you are considering breast mammoplasty, you must be in good physical condition and have realistic expectations. You also need to plan ahead to ensure a smoother procedure and easy recovery. Discussed below are tips to assist you in getting prepared for breast augmentation.
Consult With Your Doctor
Preparing for your breast augmentation can be an exciting but difficult time. Be sure to ask your surgeon all questions you have pertaining to the procedure. Prepare a checklist of questions to bring along during your first consultation.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Specific Instructions
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for breast augmentation. He or she will advise you to avoid certain things. These include:
- Avoid medication such as aspirin, Coumadin, ibuprofen, warfarin and supplements like fish oil, garlic and omega 3 because they are all blood thinners
- Stop smoking because cigarettes contain Carbon Monoxide and nicotine which may cause complications during the procedure. Carbon Monoxide prevents delivery of oxygen to your cells thus destroying healthy tissues. Nicotine causes blood vessel constriction making it more difficult for blood, nutrients and oxygen to be delivered to healing breast wounds. This slows down your healing process making you more susceptible to infections and other complications
- If you are on birth control pills, you may be required to use other birth control measures. This will reduce the risk of developing blood clots in your legs
- Make sure you have forwarded all your blood work and tests to your surgeon.
- Avoid alcoholic drinks a week before your surgery
- Inform your surgeon if you catch a flu or any other infection that needs treatment
- Avoid eating or drinking for at least 8 hours prior to your surgery
Make Personal Arrangements
After the procedure, you will still be dizzy and groggy due to the anesthesia; therefore, you need to make arrangements for easier recovery. You may need to:
- Make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from hospital. You also need to have a relative or friend stay with you within the first 24 hours after your procedure
- Make sure you pick your medication from the pharmacy and place it in a convenient place
- If you have small children, make arrangement for their care
- Prepare a checklist of items that you’ll need at the hospital, ensure that you pack loose fitting clothes
- Do your house cleaning, shopping and complete the most important tasks prior to your breast augmentation surgery
You will be required to choose between silicone implants and saline implants. These implants come with a silicone shell but different filler material. The volume of these implants is measured in CCs, but you can state what cup size you prefer. The doctor will then determine what volume of implants could achieve that. Note that breast mammoplasty may not rectify drooping breasts. If you have sagging breasts, a breast lift may be performed along with breast augmentation.
Are you Interested in Getting Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Every year, thousands of women get breast augmentation plastic surgery. There is no reason why you can’t get one yourself. At Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery, we are committed to making you look and feel good about yourself. Contact us today to request a consultation.