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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation

Posted June 04, 2024 in Breast Augmentation

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For women who have decided to get a breast augmentation, the days leading up to the surgery can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking time. While you may be looking forward to enjoying your new breasts, it is perfectly normal also to feel nervous about undergoing surgery and dealing with recovery. This blog discusses how to prepare for your breast augmentation, from choosing your options to steps to take to be ready for your procedure and recovery.

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Choosing to Get Breast Augmentation

Whether you’ve always wanted to enhance your breasts due to having naturally smaller breasts or if you’ve recently lost breast volume that you wish to restore, breast augmentation can be an exciting prospect. Choosing to get a breast augmentation is a very personal decision that should not be made lightly, as lots of preparation needs to be done. It’s essential that the desire to get breast augmentation comes from yourself and not anyone else, as it’s your body that will be affected.

To set yourself up for the most successful breast augmentation possible, it’s important to arm yourself with information about the surgical procedure and recovery to ensure that you’re prepared for every step of the process. You’ll want to choose an experienced board-certified surgeon with whom you feel comfortable performing the procedure. Additionally, you will need a clear idea of your desired results.

What Are My Breast Augmentation Options?

Understanding your breast augmentation options is key to figuring out what your surgery goals are. You’ll be able to discuss your options in more detail with your surgeon during a breast augmentation consultation. Still, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the options beforehand to start thinking about your preferences.

Type of Breast Implants

You may already know about silicone and saline implants. Each implant type has its benefits and drawbacks. Silicone implants are often chosen for their natural look and feel yet require a larger incision. Saline implants are rounder and don’t have as similar a feel as natural breasts; however, smaller incisions can be used.

Implant Placement

Your breast implants can go above or below the pectoral muscle. Submuscular placement (under the pectoral muscle) is usually best for women who desire a natural look. Subglandular placement (over the pectoral muscle) is often ideal for active women since the implants are less susceptible to shifting around above the muscle.

Breast Augmentation Incisions

You’ll have three incision options for your breast implants: inframammary, periareolar, or transaxillary. Each type of incision works best for different implant sizes. They also vary in how easily visible the scars are.

How Should I Prepare for My Breast Augmentation Procedure?

Once you’ve decided on implant type, placement, and incisions and had your consultation, you can move on to preparing for your procedure.

Leading up to your breast augmentation, you may need to:

  • Quit smoking
  • Stop recreational drug use
  • Adjust current medications (especially if you are taking medication that increases bleeding)
  • Have a blood test
  • Be ready to fast the day of your procedure (typically, you cannot eat anything for at least 8 hours before surgery)

How Should I Prepare for Breast Augmentation Recovery?

Knowing what to expect with breast augmentation recovery before your procedure helps to ease nerves and allows you to prepare your space at home beforehand. You’ll want to ensure everything at home is ready so that you can focus on resting and recovering when you return post-surgery.

Preparing for breast augmentation recovery may include:

  • Requesting time off work (1-2 weeks)
  • Arranging for someone to drive you home from surgery
  • Making sure you’ll have someone available at home to help you throughout the first few days of recovery
  • Planning for healthy meal delivery or stocking meals in advance
  • Finding someone to care for any young children and/or pets
  • Setting up your space so the items you need (remotes, phone chargers) are easily accessible and propping up pillows so you can sleep in an elevated position

Want to Know More About Breast Augmentation in Weston, FL?

To learn more about how to prepare for breast augmentation in Weston, FL, call Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center at (954) 659-7760 or (877) 250-8117, or fill out our online contact form.

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