Although most patients have spent months or years considering the results of their breast augmentation, many feel both nerves and excitement in the weeks prior to surgery. It’s easy to doubt yourself, over prepare for life post-surgery, or bottle up concerns in an effort to carry on as normal. You’re in good hands with Dr. Brantner, but there are a few things you can do to make your breast rejuvenation easier.
3 Things NOT to Do Before a Breast Augmentation
- Bite your tongue. Dr. Brantner has spent his career giving women beautiful, natural results. But every body is different. Talking to Dr. Brantner about your breast augmentation concerns doesn’t just soothe your fears; it also may affect your end results. Be open and honest with Dr. Brantner about your ideal look, your lifestyle, and any questions you may have about the surgery or healing process.
- Go on a shopping spree. It’s tempting to hit your favorite stores for bigger bras, bust-enhancing shirts, and flattering work dresses in the weeks before your breast augmentation. It may seem like you’re saving time, but shopping before surgery usually leads to returns, returns, returns. There’s no telling exactly how clothes will fit your body after surgery. Breast implants settle over time, giving you a subtle different shape in month five than you had the week after surgery. You’ll also spend several weeks post surgery going braless to ensure a proper settling of the implants. Trust us, you’ll have plenty of time for shopping once you’ve healed.
- Carry on as normal. In the weeks leading up to surgery, Dr. Brantner will give you a pre-surgical checklist to follow. He may adjust your medications, diet, or fitness routine in the weeks before your procedure. If you don’t follow his pre-op instructions, it may lead to complications during surgery or difficulty healing afterwards. But there are also day-to-day tasks to consider. Before surgery, most patients clean the house, schedule babysitters, and plan for other daily tasks they won’t be able to complete during recovery.
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Many patients feel anxious in the days leading up to their procedure, especially if they’ve never had major surgery before. To help you feel confident the day of your procedure, we’ve put together a list of what to expect the day of your surgery.
What to Expect Before Surgery
- Check-in. Go to the registration desk when you arrive. A receptionist will answer questions about the preoperative process, review the information in your file, and give you any remaining consent forms to sign. You will receive your ID bracelet and be directed to the waiting room.
- Holding area. A nurse will arrive to take you from the waiting room to a private area where you can change into your hospital gown. The RN will verify your medical history, conditions, and medications. He or she may also perform final testing prior to surgery. Your nurse will escort you to the pre-surgical holding area where you will meet your surgical team.
- Anesthesiologist interview. Prior to surgery, you will meet with your anesthesiologist, who will ask questions that determine the type and dosage of anesthesia administered. Tell your anesthesiologist if you have experienced nausea due to anesthesia in the past. You will be asked to sign an anesthesia consent form. Your anesthesiologist will monitor you during the procedure to make sure everything goes smoothly.
- Final discussion with Dr. Brantner. Before surgery, you will meet with Dr. Brantner. He will confirm your procedure and mark you for surgery. If you have not already done so, you will be asked to sign a surgical consent form.
- Surgery. The anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia, and you will be taken to a clean, equipped room for surgery. The medical team will monitor you closely throughout the procedure. After surgery, you will be taken to a Post Anesthesia Care Unit where nurses will monitor you until you are fully awake. The friend who accompanied you for surgery will pick you up in post-op, receive any final care instructions from the medical team, and take you home.
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Elective or not, many patients feel nervous before going under the knife. Dr. Brantner and his staff are here to answer your questions and discuss your concerns before cosmetic surgery. To ensure things run smoothly on Op Day, remember these pre-op instructions.
Patient Instructions for Day of Surgery
- Don’t eat anything solid after midnight the night before your surgery. Avoid colored liquids like broths.
- Do not drink anything for four hours pre-op.
- Ask your doctor about taking daily medications with small amounts of water the morning of your surgery. He may adjust your dosage.
- Let your doctor know if you’ve neglected any of his instructions, including eating before surgery or taking fish oil or ibuprofen in the two weeks before your operation. This could affect surgery, and your doctor may need to make adjustments or postpone surgery for your safety.
- You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery.
- Shower and wash your hair prior to surgery. Use gentle products that do not contain fragrance. Do not apply lotion or deodorant after your shower.
- Remove all nail polish, makeup, and jewelry, and removal aides like dentures, hearing aids, glasses or contact lenses, or partial plates.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
- Arrive at least 2 hours before your scheduled surgery.
- Bring a trusted adult to accompany you home after surgery. He or she may discuss post-op instructions with Dr. Brantner or one of his nurses.
- Family and friends are not permitted in patient areas. They may accompany you to the registration area and wait in the Family Waiting Area. Your surgeon will contact them when your procedure is done. (Parents or guardians may accompany their children into the surgical holding area. Please do not bring children to the Family Waiting Area, as the wait may be difficult).
For more information about what to do the day of surgery, contact Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or our partner facility, ETASC.