Preparing for breast implant surgery is essential to ensuring a smooth recovery. After you have scheduled your surgery you will return for a preoperative appointment where you will meet with Dr. Tyrone to review the procedure, recovery, risks, complications, and ask any additional questions you may have. To ensure safety, be certain to disclose all medical history to Dr. Tyrone, including smoking status , as all previous surgical history, medical diagnoses, and any and all medications that you are currently taking. Being forthcoming with your doctor will ensure that you are prescribed the appropriate prescriptions for surgery, and will help promote successful healing and recovery. Dr. Tyrone’s office offers multiple options for reducing swelling and bruising, and minimizing scarring. Each patient’s healing time varies; however, breast augmentation patients can expect to start feeling back to normal as soon as 1 week after surgery. Breast lift, mastopexy, and reduction patients should plan on allowing more time to heal, as it may be closer to two weeks before you begin to feel back to normal.
We have compiled a list of tips and tricks to accomplish before your surgery.
· Ask your primary care provider if any of your prescribed medications should be discontinued or altered prior to, during, or after surgery.
· Make sure you arrange for someone to drive you home on the day of your procedure. Make sure a responsible adult is available to stay with you for at least 24 hours following your surgery. If your caregiver has any questions, please encourage them to contact our office at any time.
· Avoid Vitamin E, Fish Oils, ibuprofen, and aspirin products at least 7 days prior to surgery, as these items can thin the blood.
· Avoid alcohol consumption for three days prior to surgery.
· It is essential that you do not smoke or wear a nicotine patch for at least 30 days before and 30 days after surgery.
· Find some comfy clothes to wear on the day of surgery, as well as for several days post-operatively. Pajamas, cardigans, track jackets, sweats, or other loose-fitting garments that button or zip up are perfect! On the day of surgery, wear flat shoes or slippers, & leave all jewelry at home.
· Clean house prior to surgery (or, even better, have it cleaned for you J). Make sure you have laundry, dishes, & trash taken care of so that you don’t have to worry about it while healing!
· Arrange child and pet care for several days following your surgery.
· Shop for recovery treats and prepare family meals ahead of time.
· Have lots of nutritious snacks (protein packed) and electrolyte filled beverages (like Gatorade) on hand.
· Have lots of fluffy pillows.
· Set up your nightstand with all the things you will need once you crawl into bed. Medications, lotions, lip-balm, hair ties, tissues, crackers, bottled water/Gatorade, remote control, phone and chargers.
· Take a trip to the pharmacy to pick up things like Colace stool softener, extra gauze/padding, & new cleaners/ lotions.
· If you are having a tummy tuck, inexpensive plastic lawn chairs make excellent shower benches.
· Take care of your skin by using a good moisturizer and avoiding tanning.
· Gather some good books, fun magazines, movies, & music to keep you company while you recover.
· Depending on your procedure, recovery time will vary and you will be seeing lots of us! Ensure you have allowed for adequate healing time and be prepared to schedule follow-up visits to our office post-operatively.
· Remember it is normal to feel nervous! Relax, make time for yourself, and know we will take excellent care of you.
As always feel free to ask Dr. Tyrone any questions that come up along the way. Dr. Tyrone and his staff are here to make your surgery process as simple as possible.