Preparations for your breast surgery

Do your homework!

The more you know, the better you will feel about your breast augmentation. Take your time and learn about the surgery, the risks, the anaesthesia, the duration of anaesthesia and the quality of your implants.

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Question after question

Before breast surgery, many questions will flow through your head. This is completely normal. Write down your questions and do not hesitate to discuss them with your surgeon - openly and directly. There's no reason to be embarrassed or uncomfortable. It is important that you feel confident about your decision. Here is a list of questions many patients have before surgery.

Mental preparation

For most women, breast augmentation brings many changes. Nevertheless, you should have realistic expectations for the result of the procedure. You should feel well informed, motivated and, above all, confident in your decision.

Also, be prepared for negative comments.

There are people who will not understand your decision. Try to be around people who support you and respect your decision. 

Assemble your team

As an independent person, it may seem uncomfortable to ask others for help. But you will need to depend on others following your operation. How much help you need depends on your personal situation: For example, if you have young children or pets, you should ask friends or relatives to help you care for them. In any case, you'll need someone to drive you to the surgery, pick you up, and stay with you for the first 24 to 48 hours.

Positive support

After surgery, it is better not to be around anyone who might question your decision. Spend time with people who understand you and make you laugh.

A friend is better than any taxi

Do not take a taxi home after the operation. Ask a friend to pick you up, stay with you and make sure you are doing well and feeling comfortable. 

Healthy lifestyle

Regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet are the perfect preparation for your surgery. Of course, you should continue a healthy lifestyle after the operation.

Children

When preparing for your surgery, make sure to secure someone to take care of your children. Immediately after the procedure, you will not be able to drive or cook. You will also not be able to pick up your children or perform other physical tasks.

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Pets

The same goes for pets. In the first week after the operation, you will not be able to take care of them and therefore you will need the support of others - whether taking a walk with the dog or playing with the cat. In addition, pets seek your company; they jump up to you in greeting, sit on your lap and can become tripping hazards. These situations should be avoided if possible.

Are you pregnant?

The question may seem strange, but be sure to play it safe before the operation and find out if you are pregnant.

Stop smoking!

Smoking delays the healing process and increases the risk of complications. Stop smoking before your breast surgery. Smoking also slows down your blood circulation and dissolves the elastin in your tissues, which in turn reduces the tightness of your skin. Smoking not only negatively affects your health, but also your beauty.

Entertainment

You will have plenty of down time after your breast surgery. Take this opportunity to read those long anticipated books, watch the new seasons of your favourite series, take an online language course, or just put your feet up. Spoil yourself as long as possible to ensure a proper recovery. To that end, have plenty of books, videos, etc. available.

Pillows, pillows, pillows

The more the better. Cushions are not only pleasantly soft, they also support you and allow you to lie upright. In addition, we recommend that you practice sleeping on your back with pillows to reinforce your position. This is the ideal sleeping position after a breast augmentation procedure.

Pyjamas and comfy clothes

Recovery is easier with comfortable clothes. Since you cannot lift your arms very high after the operation, you should place clothes that are easy to put on and take off (front zipper).

Just in case

Make sure all important phone numbers are stored in your smartphone so that you can quickly call the person who will be staying with you during the first 24 hours after the operation, other friends, the clinic or the surgeon, the pharmacy, baby and pet sitters, and restaurants with delivery service.

Your physical well-being

If you will not have freshly made food waiting for you right after surgery, you should prepare in advance. Buy healthy, durable and easy-to-prepare foods as well as fruits and snacks - or cook in advance. The main thing is to relax and enjoy a good meal. 

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Clean out your fridge

In the day after your surgery, moving your arms will be severely restricted. Make sure that all important things are placed low and easily accessible. You will not be able to lift anything heavy. Small bottles are better than large.  

Make things easy 

What seems simple before the operation may become a challenge in the days that follow. For example, washing the dishes may suddenly be very difficult. Have paper plates and plastic cutlery ready and easily accessible. This will save you from rinsing and will not cause any shards if they fall and break.  

Prepare your bathroom

All important things for daily needs should be easily accessible and in stock. Make sure you have enough toilet paper, toothpaste and, if necessary, tampons or pads in stock. Even damp cloths can be very helpful in this situation.

Keep cash at hand

Even if you usually pay by card, you should always have cash at hand after the operation. So, you can pay for the delivery service or ask friends to pick something up for you. 

Visual preparations

As you recover from your surgery, you will not be able to perform many of your usual beauty routines. Take care of a few things before your surgery - for example, manicure or pedicure, colouring your hair or waxing. 

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The day before the breast operation

What you should consider the day before your breast augmentation:

  • Drink a lot of water or tea.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Remove dark nail polish. This is necessary for the medical staff to measure the oxygen saturation in your blood.
  • Wash yourself with antimicrobial soap.
  • Take off all your piercings.
  • Do not wear jewellery.
  • Review your plan with your caregiver again.
  • Make sure you have no remaining questions about the procedure.
  • Pack your bag: ID card, insurance card, glasses and case (do not wear contact lenses during surgery), loose clothing and sneakers
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight today. Otherwise you may not tolerate the anaesthesia well.