Preparing for Surgery
Once you have scheduled your breast augmentation surgery we will provide to you a lot of important information on things to do and expect before and after surgery.
We will schedule a Pre-Op appointment a couple of weeks prior to your surgery where we will go over your consent, take your pre-operative photographs, draw your lab studies, and review all your questions that you are having about your upcoming procedure.
On the day of your breast augmentation surgery, we will have you check into the surgery center an hour and a half prior to your procedure. My anesthesia provider and I will meet with you in the Pre-Op surgery room where I will answer any final questions. You will then be given intravenous antibiotics 30 minutes prior to surgery; this is done to help reduce the risk of infection. For breast augmentation surgery, IV sedation can be used rather than a general anesthetic.
After your breast augmentation surgery, you will be cared for in the recovery room until you are ready to be discharged either in a private room, where you will be monitored by a nurse, or released to a friend or relative who can drive you home and care for you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
The next day either I will come to the surgery center to discharge you, or the person taking care of you will need to drive you into our office for a two-day check-up. After surgery, you will have drains that come from the incision sites. These drains help in your recovery to decrease discomfort and to decrease the risk of hardening of the implant (also called capsular contracture). Typically these drains are removed at your two-day post op check-up.
Breast augmentation patients have the option of a pump which continuously pumps local anesthetic into your breasts to decrease discomfort after surgery. This pump will also be removed at your two-day post op check-up.
Subsequent patient follow-ups are generally scheduled at one-week intervals. At these check-ups, you will be instructed on post breast augmentation care including massage therapy and when to go into a bra. Every patient can be a little different with their post-operative instructions but we will guide you, and my cosmetic surgery staff is always available to answer any questions or concerns that you are having.
A successful breast augmentation surgery requires a well trained, experienced, board certified surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation surgery, as well as an informed patient who complies with the surgeons, post-operative instructions. My entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent care and service, and to make sure your consultation and breast augmentation surgery are as comfortable and pleasant as possible. I look forward to meeting you.