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By Jeffrey Donaldson, MD |

How To Prepare For Breast Augmentation 

How to prepare for breast augmentation

What To Know Before Your Breast Implant Surgery Date 

Defined by its ability to elevate confidence by enhancing the size and shape of the breasts, breast augmentation surgery is a procedure that requires a degree of physical and mental preparation. Our goal is to ensure a smooth and successful recovery for each patient — and that begins by building a comprehensive prep strategy. This plan most often includes mental readiness, dietary considerations, medications, supportive clothes and comfort items to have close by.

Dr. Donaldson discussing breast augmentation surgery with a patient

We Want You To Be In The Best Place Mentally

If you have a set surgical date, you’ve more than likely performed an ample amount of research already — but it doesn’t hurt to read or listen to a few success stories to help calm the nerves and get you excited! We also believe that understanding the process and the incredible results that can be achieved will allow you to feel more comfortable about the surgery.

It’s Always OK To Ask Questions 

Are you struggling with a certain aspect of your upcoming breast augmentation? Your concerns are valid and deserve answers.

A qualified board-certified plastic surgeon should always keep their door open to fielding your questions and discussing your goals. This will allow you to build trust and ensure the surgeon and their team understands your desired outcome.

Emotional Support Along The Way

Your loved ones are your network of personal comfort. We have found that patients have rewarding and assuring conversations when they talk to friends or family members who have undergone breast augmentation.

“Bad” stories tend to generate a lot of headlines, while the vast majority of amazing stories go without the spotlight. This is why we typically encourage patients to explore websites like www.RealSelf.com to connect with others who have had similar experiences.

These insights and encouragement can be invaluable during the preparation and recovery phases.

Mother and daughter meditating

Proper Diet & Nutrition

A strong nutrition plan will help expedite the healing process. Be sure to eat a well-balanced diet while avoiding tobacco/nicotine. Smoking can be particularly detrimental to the healing process, so it’s vital that you quit smoking for at least two weeks before the operation and for the duration of recovery.

  • The contents of a balanced diet: Prioritize foods rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats in your meals. These nutrients can aid in the healing process and boost your immune system.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink an adequate amount of water each day to keep your body hydrated. Proper hydration is crucial for a smooth recovery and can also help prevent constipation, a common side effect of pain medications.
  • Avoid certain foods and beverages: Limit your consumption of alcohol, caffeine and salty or processed foods in the days leading up to surgery. These substances can potentially interfere with the healing process and cause additional swelling or prolonged bruising.

Medications & Pain Management 

Ensure you are off all medications and supplements that can thin your blood. Our office can provide you with a list of the most common substances. 

  • Provide a complete list: Make sure to disclose all medications, vitamins and supplements you are currently taking to your surgeon. This includes herbal remedies, as some may increase the risk of bleeding or interfere with anesthesia. Even some supplements can cause unforeseen variables in recovery. 
  • Adjustments to medication: Your surgeon may advise you to temporarily stop or adjust certain medications, such as blood thinners, anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements. Follow their instructions carefully to minimize potential complications during and after the surgery.
  • Arrange for pain management: Your surgeon will prescribe appropriate pain medications to manage post-operative discomfort. Ensure that you have these medications filled and ready before the day of your surgery.

At-Home Assistance

Before your procedure, be sure to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from the surgical center and to stay with you in the first few days of your recovery. Organize your home so you do not need to lift heavy objects or hassle with unnecessary chores.

What to have at home before breast augmentation

The Right Tools & Personal Comforts

Having the right clothing and items on hand can greatly contribute to a comfortable and efficient recovery. Consider the following essentials:

  • Comfortable clothing: Opt for loose-fitting clothing that is easy to put on and take off. Button-down shirts or tops with front closures are preferable, as they minimize arm movements and prevent strain on the incision sites.
  • Supportive bras: Invest in supportive bras, such as surgical bras or sports bras with front closures. These bras provide gentle compression and support to help reduce swelling and maintain proper breast positioning during the healing process.
  • Pillows: Arrange a few extra pillows to prop yourself up during sleep. Elevating your upper body can help reduce swelling and promote better circulation.
  • Ice packs: Prepare ice packs or cold compresses to help alleviate swelling and discomfort in the first few days following surgery. Wrap them in a thin cloth to avoid direct contact with the skin.
  • Entertainment and relaxation items: Gather books, magazines, movies or any other low-exertion activities that can keep you entertained and help you relax during the recovery period. This is your time to kick back and allow your body to heal. 

Preparation Involves Both Physical & Emotional Planning

By following these guidelines and consulting with your trusted plastic surgeon, you can set yourself up for a successful procedure and a smooth recovery with beautiful, life-changing results. Remember to be patient with yourself during the healing process and don’t hesitate to reach out to your medical team if you have any concerns or questions. 

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Jeffrey Donaldson, MD Author Bio

About The Author

Jeffrey Donaldson, MD, is a renowned breast augmentation surgeon in Columbus, Ohio. Throughout his professional tenure, he has performed thousands of breast surgeries with incredible results. He continues to perfect his craft, adopt the latest surgical concepts and lead the plastic surgery industry when it comes to cultivating an approach that considers all aspects of patient confidence.

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