How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation Surgery
If you are preparing to undergo a surgical procedure, knowing what to expect can alleviate a tremendous amount of anxiety. Breast augmentation patients should prepare for their surgery by following all instructions from their surgeon, arranging for transportation and immediate aftercare with a friend or family member, and preparing their home for recovery. At Northshore Plastic Surgery in New Orleans, LA, we strive to provide a comfortable experience for our patients, from the first consultation to the last follow-up appointment. Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux and Dr. Jeffrey Claiborne invite you to explore how to prepare for breast augmentation surgery.
On the day of your breast augmentation surgery, a friend or family member will need to drive you to and from our office, and should be available to stay with you during the first 24 hours. Because you will be fatigued and drowsy as the anesthesia subsides, having someone nearby to help is essential. It is important to make these arrangements ahead of time.
Preparing Your Home for Recovery
In order to properly prepare for recovery, consider what you may want or need following your procedure to make you more comfortable. For example, we recommend:
- Making your bed with fresh clean sheets and pillows: It is also helpful to gather books, music, tablets, headphones, or any other forms of entertainment and keep them by your bedside.
- Grocery shopping in advance: In fact, many of our patients make entire meals ahead of time and freeze them for convenience. Be sure to place all necessary items on the countertops or at lower levels so that you will not have to lift your arms above your head.
- Picking up your prescriptions: To avoid having to stop by the pharmacy on the way home after your surgery, pick up any necessary medications ahead of time.
- Setting aside comfortable clothing: When you arrive home after your procedure, you should be able to access your pajamas, robes, sweatpants, and other comfortable clothes easily.
- Taking care of all household business: In order to place all your focus on recovery, it is important to have the laundry done, the house cleaned, and the bills paid. Little things like this can make a big difference when it comes to post-operative care.
In general, implants placed below the pectoral muscle will require a longer healing time than implants placed below the breast tissue.
When Can I Return to Work?
Most patients require approximately 3-7 days of recovery after breast augmentation surgery. Therefore, it is important to take the appropriate amount of time off of work or away from school. Additionally, any necessary childcare arrangements should be made ahead of time.
After Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne determine that you can return to non-strenuous work, you must continue to follow specific recovery instructions. It will take several weeks before you can resume high-impact exercise. It is also important to note that breast implants must settle. It is normal for them to appear high for two to three months after surgery, but they will eventually fall into their proper places.
Patients should also understand that implant placement plays an important role in your recovery timeline. In general, implants placed below the pectoral muscle will require a longer healing time than implants placed below the breast tissue.
Schedule a Consultation
Appropriate preparation for your breast augmentation surgery can lead to a comfortable, stress-free, and successful recovery that helps you achieve beautiful results. If you are considering breast augmentation and have any questions about any stage of the procedure or recovery, call us at (985) 237-6050 or contact us online anytime.