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Preparing for Breast Augmentation: A Checklist

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A Step-by-Step Prep Guide to Getting Ready for Your Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a decision that requires careful planning and preparation. From scheduling essential health checks and stocking up on recovery supplies to managing your personal commitments and designing a cozy healing space, there are numerous tasks to consider in the weeks leading up to your surgery.

This guide by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna is designed to walk you through the key preparations, providing a step-by-step checklist to help you feel confident and well-equipped for your breast augmentation. By breaking down the process into manageable stages, from the final weeks before surgery to the day before your procedure, you’ll be able to navigate this exciting time with clarity and peace of mind.

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Countdown to Surgery Day

In the weeks leading up to your breast augmentation, there are several key preparations you’ll need to make. First and foremost, schedule any necessary time off work or other commitments. You’ll want to ensure that you have ample time to rest and recover post-surgery without any added stress or responsibilities.

Next, make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from the surgery centre on the day of your procedure. You’ll be under the influence of anaesthesia and will not be able to drive yourself home safely. Additionally, it’s a good idea to have someone stay with you for the first 24-48 hours after surgery to assist you with basic tasks and provide support.

Essential Health Checks and Tests

Before your surgery, Anca will likely require you to undergo a few essential health checks and tests. These may include a physical examination, blood work, and a mammogram or breast ultrasound. These tests help ensure that you’re in good overall health and that there are no underlying conditions that could complicate your surgery or recovery.

Be sure to attend all scheduled appointments and follow any pre-surgery instructions provided by Anca. This may include adjusting certain medications or supplements, quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol in the weeks leading up to your procedure.

Stocking Up on Post-Surgery Essentials

To make your recovery as comfortable and stress-free as possible, it’s a good idea to stock up on post-surgery essentials ahead of time. This may include:

  • Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that’s easy to put on and take off
  • Soft, supportive bras without underwire
  • Ice packs or cold compresses to help reduce swelling and discomfort
  • Extra pillows to help you sleep comfortably in an elevated position
  • Over-the-counter pain medications and stool softeners, as recommended by Anca
  • Healthy, easy-to-prepare meals and snacks

Having these items on hand before your surgery will save you the hassle of running errands or relying on others during your recovery.

Your Pre-Surgery Checklist

Pre breast augmentation surgery checklist

As your surgery date approaches, it’s helpful to create a to-do list to ensure that you don’t forget any important tasks. Your list may include items such as:

  • Filling prescriptions for post-surgery medications
  • Arranging for pet care or childcare, if necessary
  • Preparing meals and snacks ahead of time
  • Cleaning your home and doing laundry to minimise chores during recovery
  • Purchasing any additional recovery supplies, such as extra gauze or antibacterial soap

Breaking your tasks down into a manageable list can help you stay organised and reduce pre-surgery stress.

Managing Work and Personal Commitments

In addition to taking time off work, you’ll want to consider any other personal commitments that may be impacted by your surgery and recovery. This may include rescheduling social events, arranging for help with household chores, or finding alternative means of transportation if you’re unable to drive.

Be sure to communicate your upcoming surgery and recovery needs to family, friends, and colleagues as necessary. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support when you need it.

Preparing Mentally and Emotionally

Undergoing any surgical procedure can be emotionally challenging, so it’s important to take steps to prepare mentally and emotionally for your breast augmentation. This may include:

  • Educating yourself about the procedure and what to expect during recovery
  • Talking to friends or family members who have undergone similar surgeries
  • Joining a support group for women considering or recovering from breast augmentation
  • Practicing stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises
  • Focusing on your reasons for choosing surgery and the positive outcomes you hope to achieve

Remember that it’s normal to feel a range of emotions leading up to your surgery, including excitement, nervousness, and even fear. Be kind to yourself and seek support when needed.

The Week before Your Breast Enlargement Surgery

In the week before your surgery, there are a few last-minute health tips to keep in mind:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding excessive caffeine or alcohol intake
  • Get plenty of rest and aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Engage in gentle exercise, such as walking or stretching, to maintain your physical health
  • Avoid smoking and exposure to second hand smoke, as this can impair healing
  • Minimise stress as much as possible and engage in relaxing activities, such as reading or taking a warm bath

By prioritising your health and well-being in the days leading up to your surgery, you can help ensure a smoother recovery process.

Adjusting Your Diet and Hydration

In addition to staying hydrated, it’s important to pay attention to your diet in the week before surgery. Aim to eat balanced, nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoid salty or high-sodium foods, as these can contribute to fluid retention and bloating.

Depending on Anca’s instructions, you may need to fast or restrict certain foods and beverages in the hours immediately before your surgery. Be sure to follow these guidelines carefully to avoid complications.

Avoiding Certain Medications and Supplements

Anca will likely provide you with a list of medications and supplements to avoid in the week leading up to your surgery. This may include blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as well as certain herbal supplements that can increase bleeding risk.

Be sure to disclose all medications and supplements you’re currently taking to Anca, and follow their instructions for adjusting or discontinuing use before surgery.

Setting Up Your Recovery Zone

Preparing the recovery zone for after breast augmentation

Creating a comfortable and inviting recovery space can help make your healing process more pleasant and relaxing. Consider setting up a designated area in your home, such as your bedroom or a quiet living room, where you can rest and recover.

Some tips for designing a cozy healing space include:

  • Investing in soft, comfortable bedding and pillows
  • Ensuring easy access to essential items, such as medications, water, and healthy snacks
  • Creating a calming atmosphere with soft lighting, soothing music, or favourite books and movies
  • Adding personal touches, such as family photos or favourite scents, to promote a sense of comfort and familiarity

Must-Have Supplies for Comfort and Convenience

In addition to the essentials mentioned earlier, there are a few additional supplies that can enhance your comfort and convenience during recovery:

  • A comfortable recliner or armchair for relaxing and sleeping in an elevated position
  • Extra gauze, bandages, and antibacterial ointment for incision care
  • Gentle, fragrance-free toiletries for sensitive skin
  • A reusable water bottle or tumbler to encourage hydration
  • A journal or notepad for tracking medications, pain levels, and recovery milestones

Having these items easily accessible can help you focus on resting and healing without unnecessary disruptions.

Preparing Meals and Snacks Ahead of Time

Proper nutrition is essential for healing and recovery after surgery, but you may not feel up to cooking elaborate meals in the days following your procedure. To make mealtime easier, consider preparing some healthy, easy-to-reheat meals and snacks ahead of time.

Some ideas for pre-prepared meals include:

  • Soups, stews, and casseroles that can be easily reheated
  • Pre-cut fruits and vegetables for snacking
  • Smoothie packs that can be blended with protein powder for a nutritious meal replacement
  • Whole-grain muffins or energy bites for a satisfying snack

Having a well-stocked fridge and pantry can help ensure that you’re nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs to heal and recover.

The Day before Surgery

On the day before your surgery, take some time to double-check all of your plans and arrangements. This may include:

  • Confirming your surgery time and location with the surgical centre
  • Ensuring that your designated driver is available and aware of the pick-up time and location
  • Reviewing your post-surgery care instructions and medication schedule
  • Checking that you have all necessary supplies and essentials ready for your recovery

Taking a few moments to review your plans can help alleviate any last-minute stress or confusion.

Packing Your Surgery Bag

In addition to double-checking your plans, you’ll want to pack a bag with essentials for your surgery day. This may include:

  • A comfortable, loose-fitting outfit to wear home after surgery
  • Slip-on shoes or slippers for easy mobility
  • Personal identification, insurance information, and any necessary medical documents
  • A small notepad and pen to jot down any post-surgery instructions or questions for Anca
  • A water bottle and light, healthy snacks for after surgery (if permitted by Anca)
  • Any comfort items, such as a favourite blanket or pillow, to help you feel more at ease

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Finally, aim to get a good night’s sleep on the eve of your surgery. Adequate rest can help you feel more relaxed and prepared for the day ahead. To promote better sleep, try:

  • Sticking to a consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine
  • Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and large meals close to bedtime
  • Creating a cool, dark, and quiet sleep environment
  • Engaging in relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, to calm your mind and body

If you find yourself feeling anxious or restless, don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend, family member, or Anca for support and reassurance.

FAQs about Preparing for Breast Augmentation

FAQs Anca Breahna

How long before my breast augmentation should I stop smoking?

  • It’s recommended to quit smoking at least 4-6 weeks before your surgery and to avoid smoking throughout your recovery. Smoking can impair healing, increase the risk of complications, and compromise your results.

Can I drive myself home after my breast augmentation procedure?

  • No, you should arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for the first 24-48 hours. Anaesthesia and pain medications can impair your judgment and reflexes, making it unsafe to drive.

Should I inform my employer about my upcoming breast augmentation?

  • It’s a good idea to inform your employer about your planned surgery and the expected recovery time. This will allow you to schedule the necessary time off work and make arrangements for any work-related responsibilities during your absence.

How can I prepare my children for my upcoming surgery and recovery?

  • Depending on your children’s ages, you may want to have an age-appropriate conversation about your surgery. Reassure them that you will be okay and that you have people to help take care of you during your recovery. Make arrangements for childcare and delegate household tasks as needed.

Are there any specific bra styles I should purchase for my recovery?

  • It’s recommended to have several soft, supportive, and front-closure bras without underwire on hand for your recovery. Anca may also provide specific recommendations for post-surgery bras or a surgical support garment to wear following your procedure.

Further Reading about Breast Augmentation Surgery with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna

Medical references about Breast Augmentation

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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