You’re here because you want to know how to prepare for a breast augmentation.
The first thing to know is that proper breast augmentation preparation is certainly critical if you want a successful surgery. Indeed, you’ll want to get started right away as early planning can lead to a more efficient and pleasant recovery period — not to mention faster results.
How to Prepare for a Breast Augmentation
Start planning for your breast augmentation today by getting in better shape and by following these preparatory steps.
1. Put your work on hold.
One of your first tasks should be to take the necessary amount of time off from work. You won’t want to be worried about other concerns while you are focused on your breast augmentation recovery.
Talk to Dr. Sieber about how long you should request off from work so that you can get this taken care of right away. Make sure your employer and co-workers know that you will be out-of-reach for this period of time.
2. Arrange for help.
Arranging at-home assistance after breast augmentation is one of the best things you can do for your recovery. If you can get someone to help you with childcare, household chores, running errands, and other tasks, your recovery experience will be greatly improved.
The key here is to arrange for help as soon as possible. Waiting until the last minute is not a good idea as any holes in your care and assistance will ultimately be left up to you, and you may simply be unable to fulfill these duties while you are still healing.
As a side note, don’t forget that you’ll need to have someone there immediately after your surgery to take you home as well.
3. Set up a comfortable recovery space.
While you will need to start getting up and walking around at some point during your recovery (frequent ambulation is an essential part of a healthy recovery), you will probably be stationary much of the time. For this reason, it’s wise to set up a post-op recovery space where you will feel comfortable and have everything you need.
We recommend having the following items at-hand in your recovery space:
- Healthy snacks
- Drinks (water and non-caffeinated juices are best)
- Bendable straws (you won’t be able to lift your arms easily, so straws will be essential for drinking)
- Pencil and paper
- A laptop or tablet device with charging cords
- Phone charging cord
- Remotes if you plan on watching TV or movies
- Books and magazines
- Wet wipes or baby wipes
- Lip balm
- Extra pillows
4. Adjust your wardrobe as needed.
Make sure your recovery wardrobe is comfortable, and items are easy to put on and take off.
Your post-op surgical bra will be provided for you immediately after surgery. After that, you will want to have a few comfortable, non-underwire sports bras that secure in the front.
In terms of clothing, choose comfortable, breathable fabrics, and pick styles that are easy to put on and take off as needed. Dressing in layers is a good idea as it’s easier to get comfortable if and when you get hot or cold.
Make sure your tops are at least one size bigger than you are used to (this goes for your sports bras too) as your breasts will not only be bigger because of your surgery, but they’ll also be bigger due to swelling.
5. Create a post-op menu.
If you’re used to cooking a lot and preparing your own meals at home, you’ll probably need to take a break from this during your recovery. To replace your home cooking, plan ahead by setting up some different meal and snack options.
For starters, snacks will be fairly easy if you can simply make a list of healthy options that you can always have on hand. Here are some ideas:
- Granola bars
- Protein bars
- Crackers and cheese
- Easy-to-eat fruits (bananas, oranges, apples, etc.)
- Yogurt cups
- Gelatin cups
If you’d like to get creative in the kitchen before your surgery, you can also prepare some snacks ahead of time, such as the following:
- Homemade “protein balls”
- Premade smoothie ingredient bags (just take out of the freezer and blend)
- Homemade trail mix
- Healthy brownies
In terms of meals, some patients like to lean on ordering takeout. This can be good for some meals, but you may also want to have other options available at home, such as:
- Deli meats and sandwich ingredients
- Premade meals packaged in single portions and frozen (lasagnas, casseroles, soups, etc.)
- Frozen store-bought meals
- Premade store-bought salads or deli items (rotisserie chickens, veggie pizza, etc.)
- Easy pantry meals like pasta and red sauce, frozen breaded fish and steamed frozen vegetables, etc.
While it’s not always possible to eat ultra healthy when you can’t cook your own meals at home, it’s certainly important to try. Wherever you can, incorporate lean protein, vegetables and fruits, and whole grains. A healthy diet will go a long way in terms of helping your body heal.
6. Consider constipation prevention.
Lastly, while it may come as a surprise to some, constipation is one of the most common challenges during breast augmentation recovery. That’s because the pain medications that are often prescribed during this time can cause constipation as a side effect.
To offset this symptom, plan ahead by doing the following:
- Consider taking a psyllium fiber supplement (always check with your doctor first)
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat foods with plenty of fiber (vegetables and fruits)
- Try a daily dose of prunes or dried apricots
Schedule a Consultation Appointment With Dr. David Sieber
Breast augmentation can be a life-changing experience for many individuals. If you have been thinking for a long time about the possibility of getting breast augmentation surgery, don’t wait to book a consultation appointment with Dr. David Sieber.
As one of the only double board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in breast augmentation in the San Francisco Bay area, Dr. David Sieber is a highly sought-after surgeon for this and other popular cosmetic surgeries.
Dr. Sieber would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your options for implants, your candidacy for cosmetic surgery, and your ultimate goals for your figure. No commitment is necessary when it comes to booking a consultation. Feel free to ask all the questions you have, and be open with what you hope to achieve through breast augmentation.
Call today to book — we look forward to meeting with you!