Before Breast Augmentation
As with most cosmetic surgeries, breast augmentations are invasive procedures. While this may sound intimidating, breast augmentations are considered a safe, although they do carry certain risks. Performed on an outpatient basis, it is important that you prepare for your breast augmentation by following the specific instructions outlined by your physician at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic during your complimentary consultation. Doing so will ensure that your mental and physical state is in the best condition for breast augmentation in Toronto. If you carefully follow directions on care, many potential complications can be prevented.
What to do Before Breast Augmentation SurgeryPrior to your breast augmentation at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, you may need to alter your lifestyle, diet, and limit or eliminate specific substances for consumption.
Here are some of the most common:
- Alcohol and Cigarettes: Chief among the substances you should abstain from are alcohol and nicotine. While consumption of alcohol should be avoided entirely for a minimum of one to two weeks before breast augmentation surgery, it is highly recommended that nicotine consumption be eliminated at least a month prior to your procedure. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, hindering the blood flow in your body. Given that oxygen is carried by blood and is necessary to promote healing, your body may not recuperate as effectively or quickly following the surgery should you continue nicotine consumption. Risks associated with impaired healing include infection, scarring, and increased complications. Therefore, any nicotine, even in patch form, should be avoided.
- Anticoagulants: Aspirin-based medications (Advil, Motrin, etc.), ibuprofen, and Vitamin E act as anticoagulants. As such, they prevent blood from clotting at its natural rate and should not be taken at least two weeks prior to your breast augmentation procedure. This will decrease chances of severe blood loss, both during and after your surgery.
- Medications: Vivactil, Etrafon, Tofranil, and Sinequan may alter the properties of the anesthesia used during breast augmentation surgery. You should inform your plastic surgeon at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic of all the medications, supplements, or vitamins that you normally take when you attend your complimentary consultation prior to surgery.
- Supplements: Supplements to avoid include ginkgo biloba, St. John's Wort, and Omega fats.
Being fully prepared for breast augmentation at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic includes arranging a comfortable environment in your home while you recuperate. Your meals and snacks should consist of easily digested foods, and should be readily accessible. Place all pain relievers, medication, or supplements prescribed by your plastic surgeon at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic in an easily accessible place. Transportation to and from the facility should be arranged, as well as someone that can take care of you while you rest. It is important to note that your breast augmentation surgery will be cancelled if you are pregnant.
A blood test is done to determine your general health, including whether you are pregnant or not. Breast augmentation can be a highly rewarding change to your body, but the procedure itself can be unnerving. Proper preparations, which include following the instructions given to you by your surgeon at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, will help ensure your body heals as quickly as possible. For a very general list of things to do to prepare your body for surgery, please visit Preparing for Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery. Please note that this list is only a guideline and is not exhaustive.