How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation Surgery

in Pensacola, FL

How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation Surgery

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Lots of women struggle with breasts they aren’t happy with. Whether you feel they are too small, asymmetrical, or lack volume, a breast augmentation can help boost your confidence and your self-image.

But is there anything you need to do to prepare for breast augmentation surgery? Let’s take a look at what breast augmentation surgery is, who makes a good candidate, and what you need to do before surgery.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation (also known as augmentation mammoplasty) is a plastic surgery procedure that involves putting breast implants behind your breast tissue or behind the pectoral muscle in the chest to increase the size of the breasts.

The breast enlargement procedure has become incredibly popular over the years and works to restore volume in the breasts after weight loss or pregnancy. It can also provide a more rounded breast shape and help with any asymmetry.

During your consultation, your board-certified plastic surgeon will help you decide on either silicone implants or saline breast implants. They will also recommend the right size and shape for your proportions and your current breast size as well as types of breast augmentation incisions.

Besides implants, a fat-transfer breast augmentation is also an option. During this procedure, fat from another part of the body is harvested and transferred to the breast to create more volume.

If you’re dealing with sagging breasts as well, a breast lift can be done along with breast augmentation.

Who is a Good Candidate For Breast Augmentation

Many people are good candidates for breast augmentation. Generally, if you aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding, have realistic expectations, and have breasts that are fully developed but that you feel are too small, don’t have enough volume, or are asymmetrical, you are likely a good candidate to undergo breast augmentation surgery.

Preparing For Breast Augmentation

Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions

One of the most important things you’ll want to do when preparing for breast augmentation is follow your doctor’s instructions. They will give you pre-operative guidelines, and you’ll want to follow them as closely as possible.

You may be required to have pre-operative testing such as blood work or EKG to ensure you are healthy enough to proceed with surgery. They may also advise you on certain medications you need to take or medications that you need to adjust the dosage on.

Avoid Certain Medications

Speaking of medications, you’re also going to want to avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory and blood thinner medications. They can increase bleeding during the procedure, and we don’t want that.

Stop Smoking

If you’re a smoker, you’ll want to quit smoking a few weeks before your breast augmentation procedure and a few weeks after. Smoking can negatively affect the healing process and affect how well your heart and lungs work during breast implant surgery.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is always a good idea, but it’s especially beneficial when having a major surgery like a breast augmentation. It will give your body the energy it needs to start the healing process and make your recovery a lot easier. Make sure to include fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods like lean meats and dairy, whole grains, and plenty of water.

Prepare for Recovery

Preparing for breast augmentation should also include preparing for recovery. After surgery, you will want to rest. It’s best to have everything done beforehand.

Make sure you plan to have someone take you to and from the procedure and someone to take care of you for at least the first few days after surgery. They can prepare your meals, help you get dressed, manage your medications, and take you to follow-up appointments.

Before surgery, you can also pick up any prescriptions you’ll need, schedule childcare, and buy plenty of groceries.

Schedule A Consultation Today

Now that you know how to prepare for breast augmentation surgery, are you ready to schedule your appointment? Dr. Shaddix at Shaddix Plastic Surgery can answer any questions you have and walk you through the entire procedure and recovery process.

To schedule your breast surgery consultation today, call our Pensacola, FL office at (850) 359-3863 or use our online scheduling form.