How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation Surgery
The purpose of breast augmentation surgery is to help patients achieve a fuller and shapelier bust. In the past, a major concern for many patients desiring this surgery was the weeks of post-surgical recovery it required. However, Dr. Ramon Robles of Robles Plastic Surgery, in Phoenix, AZ, has perfected a special "rapid recovery breast augmentation program" that allows patients to return to their busy schedules within a couple of days. Part of the formula for this program is ensuring that his patients know how to prepare for breast augmentation surgery.
Preparation is paramount whenever patients are considering any type of plastic surgery, including breast augmentation. Patients can increase their chances for a smooth post-operative period and ultimate success by taking steps to get themselves ready, both emotionally and physically, well in advance of the day of their surgery.
Find the Right Surgeon
The first preparatory step for breast augmentation surgery is to choose a surgeon who is both highly qualified and compassionate. Dr. Ramon Robles is a highly experienced specialist. He trained at Duke University Medical Center and is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. After 14 years of private practice, he has performed more than 3,000 breast augmentation procedures. More importantly, he cares about his patients. He has a modern, comfortable office and employs a patient liaison that guides patients throughout their treatment, from consult to recovery. Dr. Robles also takes great pride in making himself available 24/7 during his patients' post-surgical recovery period.
A Healthy Frame of Mind
The next step in preparing for breast augmentation surgery is to understand what it involves; that is, what the risks are, what to realistically expect in terms of success, and what to expect post-operatively. Dr. Robles and his staff go to great lengths to explain the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the proposed surgery and its recovery, but patients should not hesitate to ask questions for further clarification. Knowledgeable patients feel more at ease and will approach the surgery with a healthier frame of mind.
Patients who take the steps to properly prepare for their breast augmentation surgery can approach it in a more positive and confident manner—and they are more likely to return to regular, non-strenuous activities within a day or two after surgery.
Be Physically Fit
Patients should also take steps to get into shape before the surgery. Healthy, well-rested patients who regularly exercise and eat a nutritious diet tend to heal faster and have fewer complications than those who do not. Those who breastfeed should wait three to six months after they have finished to schedule surgery. Smokers should refrain from smoking for two to four weeks prior to surgery and until healing is complete.
Prepare Your Home
Resting during recovery is important, so patients should prepare at home as much as possible in advance of the surgery, such as:
- Arranging for child and pet care
- Preparing nutritious, ready-to-eat foods and placing these items at lower levels for easy access
- Doing the laundry and putting clean sheets and pillowcases on the bed
- Setting aside loose and comfortable clothing to wear
- Taking care of any business requiring immediate attention
- Filling prescriptions and preparing ice packs
- Preparing a comfortable place to rest, such as a recliner or sofa, with all necessary items within arm's reach.
Patients should also have a friend or family member available to help before and after the surgical procedure. Someone to help around the house, run errands, or simply to keep the patient company can help relieve undue stress. It is particularly necessary to have someone available on the day of your surgery to drive you to and from surgery. It is best if this person can remain with you for the remainder of the day.
It goes without saying that patients should follow Dr. Robles' instructions leading up to the surgery appointment. This includes matters such as taking (or discontinuing use of) either prescribed or over-the-counter medications and following dietary and personal hygiene guidelines. In particular, patients should not to eat or drink anything for at least eight hours prior to surgery.
Patients who take the steps to properly prepare for their breast augmentation surgery can approach it in a more positive and confident manner—and they are more likely to return to regular, non-strenuous activities within a day or two after surgery. Patients interested in breast augmentation surgery are encouraged to call Dr. Robles at (602) 737-0323 or contact Robles Plastic Surgery online.