If you’re getting ready to have breast enlargement surgery, then you are probably wondering if there is anything you should do or not do in the run-up to the operation. Here we give a breakdown of some of the things you can do to help be best prepared for your operation, both from a physical perspective and also from a psychological perspective, too.
Physical preparing for breast enlargement surgery
Avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen). If you regularly take aspirin or other medication (particularly anti-inflammatory drugs) then speak to your surgeon and/or GP about when is best to stop taking these. These kinds of drugs can affect how well the blood clots which can lead to excess bleeding during or after surgery.
Stop smoking before breast enlargement surgery
This is always a tricky one for patients who are regular smokers and we don’t underestimate how difficult it can be to stop smoking, but we advise all patients to quit before any cosmetic surgery procedure to ensure the optimal outcome. If you are able to stop in the weeks leading up to your operation and during the healing process (ideally for at least the first six weeks) then this is going to be most beneficial to your health.
Directly before breast enlargement surgery
It is advised to shower thoroughly and to use anti-bacterial wash on the morning of your operation. It is also advisable to wash your hair so that it lasts as long as possible before you have to wash it again.
Mental preparing for any elective surgery
Reflect on your decision and make sure you’re feeling in control. Make sure you’re feeling confident and comfortable about your choices. As long as you are happy with the choice to have surgery then that is all that really matters. If you feel nervous or hesitant then speak to your surgeon to see if they can give you reassurance or information to help. If you feel unsure whether it is the right choice for you then it is never too late to postpone or cancel your operation.
Recovering from breast enlargement surgery
Finally, think ahead to the preparations you could do at home to ensure that things are as easy as possible when you are recovering from surgery. If you have a spouse/partner/friend or family member on hand to help, then this will really help from a practical perspective. Ideally, you should have someone with you in the first 24 hours after your operation.
For more advice on how best to prepare for breast enlargement surgery, call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation with cosmetic breast specialist Mr Alan Park.