Breast augmentation, or a “boob job,” can do wonders for your self-esteem, especially if you’re bothered by small, deflated, or out-of-balance breasts. Augmentation increases the size of your breasts if they’re naturally small or can restore volume that disappeared when you lost a lot of weight. Augmentation is also a way to achieve a more pleasantly rounded breast shape.
At Plastic Surgery Arts Center, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Garcia, Jr. is experienced at helping women achieve the breast size and shape they desire. You can be confident in your decision to schedule surgery with him.
Your presurgery preparation helps you experience a smooth, complication-free procedure. Here are some ways you should prepare for your breast augmentation.
Before scheduling surgery
If you know you want breast augmentation surgery, sit down for a consultation with Dr. Garcia. He evaluates your overall health and expectations to determine if you’re a good candidate. You also review your options for implant types and incision approaches. While your surgery is ultimately up to you, Dr. Garcia has vast experience in breast augmentation surgery and makes superior recommendations based on your body type, breast shape, and goals.
Dr. Garcia also makes sure that augmentation is the right surgery for you. This surgery cannot correct severely drooping breasts, so if this is your primary concern he may direct you to a breast lift instead of or along with augmentation.
A few weeks prior to surgery
Dr. Garcia may ask you to get a blood test to determine your blood type and check for any conditions that may compromise your surgery. If you smoke, you should quit prior to surgery because smoking inhibits healing. You should also halt any recreational drug use.
Dr. Garcia also asks you to refrain from taking certain anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin because these medications thin your blood and increase bleeding.
You may also need to adjust your current medication and supplement regimen. Certain medications and supplements may compromise healing or interfere with anesthesia. Provide Dr. Garcia with a comprehensive list of all medications and supplements you take, and he can tell you how to modify the list prior to surgery.
In the days prior to surgery
Prepare yourself a comfortable space at home in which to recover. You’ll be fatigued after the surgery and will want a nearby restroom and easy-to-reach amenities like books, water, and snacks. Also, supply yourself with extra gauze and any specified ointments recommended by Dr. Garcia. Prepare a few easy-to-reheat meals for the fridge or freezer so you have healthy nutrition to support healing.
If you’re prescribed prescription pain medications, have the order filled before surgery so it’s ready for you. Secure help from a loved one to drive you to and from surgery. Breast augmentation is often an outpatient procedure, and you go home the same day, but you won’t be able to drive yourself.
You’ll be given instructions as to how to prepare the night before surgery. You’ll fast (not eat) for 8-12 hours before your procedure. You may be permitted to drink water, but check with our team for an exact protocol.
Breast augmentation is a major surgery, but it can be a simple, uncomplicated process if you prepare adequately in advance. Talk to our office to make sure you’re ready. Then after surgery you’ll be free to concentrate on healing so you can enjoy your boosted look. Call to schedule your consultation or book online today.