Preparing for Breast Augmentation

Once you've made the decision to get breast implants, the months and weeks leading up to the operation are an exciting time. It's also an important time to prepare for your surgery and recovery period after your breast augmentation procedure. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Josh Olson helps the women who visit him for breast augmentation in Scottsdale and Gilbert, AZ through this process by providing detailed pre- and postoperative instructions designed to help them heal as quickly as possible so they can begin enjoying their beautiful results.

Allow Dr. Olson to make your aesthetic goals a reality. To get started, request a consultation online. Instead, you can call our Scottsdale location at (480) 423-1973 or our Gilbert location at (480) 466-7355 to schedule an appointment. He serves breast augmentation patients from Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe, AZ and beyond.

Preparing for Surgery

It is important that you follow Dr. Olson's preoperative instructions before your breast augmentation. These steps help ensure the operation goes smoothly and reduce the chances of postoperative complications. You'll get more details that are specific to your procedure from our team, but there are some general guidelines everyone should follow. Those instructions include:

  • Stop certain medications. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or any drugs containing these medications for at least 10 days prior to surgery. These medications thin the blood and can complicate healing. There may be other medications, including certain supplements, that we ask you to stop taking temporarily, as well.
  • Stop smoking. If you smoke, you should plan on stopping for at least a month prior to surgery. Smoking interferes with healing because it constricts blood vessels.
  • No makeup or jewelry. On the day of surgery, don't wear nail polish, makeup, jewelry, or any hair accessories when you come in for your operation.
  • Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, including a top that buttons or zips in the front. Don't plan on wearing sweaters or tops that go on over your head.
  • Stop eating and drinking. Don't eat or drink anything in the 8 hours before surgery. Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to your operation.

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Enhancing a single aspect of your appearance can inspire you to address other areas you wish to improve. Ask Dr. Olson about combining your treatment for a more complete and stunning transformation.

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Preparing for Your Recovery

Our patients tend to find that recovery after breast augmentation is quite simple. Still, there are a number of things you should do prior to your surgery to make the process as comfortable and convenient as possible.

Depending on certain details of your surgery, such as whether your breast implants are placed above or below the muscle, your recovery will vary slightly. All patients should make sure they have a partner or friend who can stay with them for at least the first couple of days following surgery. Other preparation steps you should take include:

  • Secure time off work. Most patients go back to work 5 to 7 days after surgery.
  • Clean your house or apartment. Coming home to a tidy home with the dishes washed and the trash emptied makes a difference. During the early stages of your recovery, you won't be able to — or want to — perform even simple chores. That goes for your laundry, too.
  • Get comfortable. Make sure you have all the supportive, comfortable items you will need for recovery, including soft, loose-fitting clothes and extra pillows to prop yourself up while sleeping.
  • Pay bills and take care of other matters. In the first week after your surgery, you may be more likely to lose track of bills and other arrangements. It's best to take care of such things early.
  • Prepare meals. Preparing and cooking meals is not something you will want to do during your recovery. Having nutritious, low-sodium food prepared that is easy to heat up is something patients truly appreciate afterward.
  • Get your entertainment ready. Load your bedside table up with magazines, books, or other entertainment items, and charge your tablet, laptop, or other devices. Make it easy for yourself to relax.
  • Don't forget your dependents. If you are a mother, you may need to arrange for childcare or get some help preparing meals and doing other tasks for your children. Remember you will not be able to lift young children for a few weeks after surgery. If you have pets, make sure you have plenty of food, arrange for a dog-walker, and so on.
  • Freeze some icepacks. These are great for reducing swelling and relieving discomfort.
  • Pick up prescriptions. Our team will give you your prescriptions before your surgery so you can have them at the ready afterward.

We may have more tips that are specific to your needs, but following the above instructions can go a long way toward ensuring a smooth process.

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