Breast Augmentation Before and After: What to Expect
Preparing for breast augmentation before and after can seem like a daunting task once you officially decide to get breast implants. But the good news is, if you’re already looking into preparation now, you’re on the right track.
Patients who take charge of their own health and look for ways to improve their plastic surgery success are far more likely to achieve that success than patients who take a backseat. Up ahead, we offer some advice on what to expect before and after breast augmentation and some tips for optimizing your health and achieving the amazing results you deserve.
Please note that this advice is for breast implant preparation and not for fat transfer breast augmentation before and after preparation, which can look quite different.
Before Breast Augmentation
It’s essential to be well-prepared prior to your breast augmentation surgery. Your breast augmentation preparation begins by making a consultation appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon. But first, you need to find a surgeon that meets your qualifications.
Researching Plastic Surgeons
Selecting the right plastic surgeon is critical to achieving a successful breast augmentation. Conduct thorough research to find a board certified, reliable surgeon with a strong reputation performing breast augmentations.
When possible, browse through before and after photos (most surgeons have an online gallery of pictures), and read reviews from actual patients. Your body and health depend on this choice, so invest the time and effort to find the best surgeon possible.
The Consultation Process
At your first official meeting, your surgeon will evaluate your health, discuss your specific goals, and provide information about the procedure. This is the ideal time to address any anxieties you may have about surgery.
During your consultation, you’ll cover essential topics, including:
- Why you want breast implants
- Your desired outcomes and expectations
- Your medical history, including current supplements and medications
Clarifying Your Goals and Asking the Right Questions
Speaking with your surgeon about your goals for surgery is an important part of the consultation process. Be sure you are completely honest about what you want and don’t want.
Do not hesitate to bring pictures of yourself or celebrity pictures online to help illustrate the look you’re going for. Also be sure to discuss potential additional procedures you may be interested in, such as liposuction, a tummy tuck, or even a complete mommy makeover.
You should also prepare a list of questions to ask your surgeon during the consultation. This will ensure you have all the information you need to feel comfortable with your decision. Critical questions may include:
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
- What will be expected of me to achieve the best results?
- Where and how will the procedure be performed?
Taking Care of Your Physical Health and Managing Preoperative Stress
In the weeks and months leading up to your surgery, taking care of your physical and emotional health will be of the utmost importance.
Remember that it’s entirely normal to feel anxious about undergoing surgery on your breasts. To manage preoperative stress, take time to prepare mentally and emotionally. Research and educate yourself about the procedure, so you know what to expect.
As you near your surgery date, confidence in your surgeon’s abilities and expertise can also help alleviate concerns.
After Breast Augmentation
Just as it’s essential to be well-prepared prior to your breast augmentation surgery, you must also be prepared for your breast augmentation recovery. Naturally, you won’t be able to do any of this preparation during your recovery, so the first few steps must also be taken prior to surgery.
Preparing for Recovery
Before your breast augmentation surgery, create a comfortable space at home where you can rest and recover. Arrange supplies, such as soft, loose-fitting clothing; plenty of pillows to elevate your upper body; and entertainment like magazines and books.
You should also stock up on groceries and prepare meals in advance to minimize the need for strenuous activities. Having snacks and bottled water on-hand can also be convenient.
Setting up Help
You may need assistance with various tasks, particularly during the first few days when your mobility will be limited. Enlist a family member or friend to stay with you or visit often and provide support.
Discuss your needs with them, so they understand how to assist you effectively. Having someone to help with household chores, meal preparation, or even just keeping you company can make a significant difference in your recovery process.
During Recovery: Prioritizing Rest and a Healthy Lifestyle
Rest is the cornerstone of a smooth recovery. Ensure you have a comfortable and quiet place to rest, preferably in a reclined position, which will minimize strain on your chest. Adequate sleep and relaxation will promote healing.
In addition to rest, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat nutritious meals, stay hydrated, and avoid alcohol and tobacco. Once your surgeon allows them, light, gentle walks can help with circulation. But until then, avoid strenuous physical activity and lifting anything heavy.
During Recovery: Following Postoperative Instructions
One of the most important elements of your recovery is closely following the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon.
These instructions will include information about caring for your incisions, taking medications properly, and monitoring any potential complications. Be sure that you avoid any actions that could strain or harm your surgical sites, and wear the recommended compression garments as directed.
During Recovery: Checking in With Your Surgeon
Finally, attending all followup appointments and keeping in regular communication with your plastic surgeon is critical. Discuss any concerns, changes in your recovery progress, or unexpected symptoms you may have.
Your surgeon is there to provide guidance, reassurance, and any necessary adjustments to your recovery plan. Open and honest communication will help you stay on the right track and achieve the excellent results you deserve.
Contact Us Today to Book Your Consultation
Before and after breast augmentation, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all there is to do and with the stress of undergoing major surgery and all of the life changes that brings. Just remember that, fortunately, the best plastic surgeons know this, and they’ve got your back.
Board certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Smita Ramanadham have performed countless successful breast augmentations and are well-versed at helping patients plan for their procedures and cope with the anxieties that sometime accompany plastic surgery.
To book a consultation appointment with Dr. Ramanadham and start your breast augmentation journey today, please give our office a call. We look forward to meeting with you.