Prior to your surgery, your surgeon will give you instructions about how to prepare for the surgery. He’ll also take your medical history and give you a physical to ensure that you are a good fit for the surgery. Be sure to ask any questions you have at this time. A baseline mammogram is required before surgery. A second one is performed a couple of months after breast augmentation surgery is completed. The two are compared to track breast tissue changes.
To ensure rapid healing after breast augmentation mammoplasty, patients must stop smoking at least six weeks prior to the procedure.
Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, must also be avoided since they interfere with clotting and can cause excessive bleeding.
For best results, it is vital that patients come to surgery well-hydrated. Proper hydration decreases the risk of complications during recovery.
When the autologous fat transfer method is used for breast augmentation, a special bra is often required. This bra expands both the tissue and skin of the breasts. The injection of fat goes more smoothly.
Since breast augmentation is rarely requires an overnight stay, be prepared to make arrangements for transportation both to and from the outpatient facility. In addition, you’ll need someone to take care of you for the first night and day after your surgery has been completed.
What happens on the day of breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation surgeries are performed in a variety of locations. Your surgeon may operate out of his own surgical suite within his office. The surgery may also be done at an ambulatory facility or done within an accredited hospital. Expect your breast implant surgery to last from one to three hours, depending upon the method chosen and your individual circumstances.
During the surgery, you will be given medication. In the majority of cases, general anesthesia is used. However, depending upon the particulars of your case, your surgeon may elect to use intravenous sedation or local anesthesia.
As in other surgeries, your heart, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels will be monitored. The surgical plan developed with your doctor will be performed. Once completed, you’ll be moved to a recovery room for monitoring.