Preparing To Get Breast Implants
If you’ve made the decision to get breast implants, whether for cosmetic reasons or to boost your confidence after a mastectomy, you’ll need to be fully prepared to ensure you know exactly what to expect. Being prepared will also make sure you’re entering into the surgery with all of the knowledge you need, and will mean you have the best shot at an uncomplicated and quick recovery process. Use these steps to make sure you’ve covered all of your bases before your surgery.
Ask Plenty of Questions
It’s wise to interview a variety of surgeons before you settle on the professional that makes you feel the most comfortable and confident about going ahead with the procedure. Most cosmetic surgeons offer free consultations where they’ll discuss your options and explain their qualifications and techniques to a prospective patient. Go into each consultation with a list of important questions for them to answer. For example, if you’re interested in undergoing electrosurgery where the surgeon utilises electrosurgical equipment then you’ll need to know exactly how this doctor works. You’ll also want to make sure that the surgeon has a positive, reassuring bedside manner, and that he specialises in achieving the particular aesthetic you’re aiming to get out of your surgery.
Put the Cigarettes Away
If you’re a smoker, this is the time to stop. Going into surgery when you’re a cigarette smoker can increase your chances of complications during the surgery and of unexpected bleeding and delayed healing afterwards. This is most important in the weeks leading up to the surgery, but quitting as early as possible will increase your chances of being as healthy as possible on the big day.
Know what to Expect
It’s natural to be anxious about having surgery, but doing plenty of research in advance will hopefully make you feel more settled and calm about your decision. If you do your research and find that it makes you feel unsure and uncomfortable, then it may be best to shelve the idea until you feel more settled and confident. This isn’t a decision to enter into lightly – it’s major surgery, and not something that’s quick or cheap to undo.
Listen to your Doctor’s Orders
In the lead-up to your surgery date, your surgeon will give you a fairly extensive list of instructions. This will include things like what medications to avoid, blood tests and other routine check-ups to undergo, and important details like when you should stop eating and drinking before your procedure. It’s absolutely essential that you take these instructions seriously if you want your surgery to go smoothly and to avoid any complications. Read them carefully and follow-up with your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.
Set up your Recovery Space
When your friend or family member drives you home after your surgery (you won’t be able to drive yourself) you’ll want to enter into a space that’s comfortable and already set up for relaxation, rest, and recovery. You can make sure this happens by preparing your home ahead of time, sorting out childcare or any help you may need, picking up all of your prescriptions and making sure they’re within arms reach of your bed, and generally getting everything you need prepared well in advance so you can recover stress-free.