There are certain steps one can take
to better prepare themselves emotionally, physically and also
their environment for a productive consultation, a proper
recovery and a positive experience in general. From
knowing what to ask at your initial meeting, to purchasing your
medications and supplies well in advance to preparing your mind
for a surgical endeavor--preparation is key.
- Find out the location and/or
print out directions to the office beforehand, as well as
determine if the surgeon charges a consultation fee.
It is best to have no surprises for ease of mind.
- Arrive on time to your
consultation, although your surgeon may be running a little
behind, it is best to arrive a little early so that you can
fill out the necessary paperwork and prepare yourself
mentally for the meeting.
- Prepare a list of the
questions you wish to ask, concerns that you may have or any
other pertinent thoughts and information.
- Bring photos of breast sizes
and looks you hope to achieve and those which you do not
like. Sources may include other breast implant patient
photos, lingerie catalogs, websites which provide nude
pictures of breasts to the public and magazines which
provide the same service.
- Bring bras or tops with stockings
filled with rice so that you can convey a visual
communication about your desired post-operative size.
- Bring a list of medications
which you presently take or have taken within the last 6
- Ask your surgeon what he or
she thinks about taking Vitamedica
Bromelain or Vitamedica Arnica
montana for bruising and swelling. You should
also ask about surgery preparation and recovery vitamins
such as our Prepare
& Recover Supplements Regimen
- Ascertain the total amount of
fees and other costs involved with your surgery. This
may include medications, post-operative garments,
anti-bacterial soaps which you may be instructed to purchase
and other possibly hidden costs.
You will more than likely have a pre-operative appointment
which will involve going over your pre- and post-operative
instructions, medication lists, lab tests such as a CBC
(complete blood count), pregnancy test and other pertinent
examinations. You may be expected to pay the full surgery
amount at this appointment or you may have up until the day of
surgery to pay in full.
You should also ascertain that
your surgeon is aware of your post-operative size goal.
You may be asked to bring the bras and rice stockings again, as
well as photos. Some surgeons will have in-office sizers
to help determine implant size. Do not be afraid to ask
any additional questions or address any concerns you may have.
Surgery preparation includes the above (lab tests and supply
shopping), as well as readying your surroundings. Such
preparation may include:
- Setting up your recovery area
with bottles of water, extra blankets, medications within
reach, an alarm clock to wake you for medications if you
will not have a caregiver present, Kleenex, crackers within
reach for bouts of nausea, non-skid slippers or slipper
- Prepare meals ahead of time or
buy microwaveable foods and soups, fruit and quick snacks.
- You may also wish to rent
movies or buy books and CD's for entertainment during your
recovery, ascertain there are fresh batteries in the remote
controls, a flashlight and anything else you may think of.
- Also have on hand something to
reach for items which may be out of reach or if you drop
something, you cannot bend over during recovery.
- Place all items well within
reach in the kitchen, bathroom and elsewhere. Place
toilet paper on the basin or counter, perhaps place a shower
chair in your shower or bath for ease of bathing, all soaps
and razors and shampoos should be placed within reach so you
do not have to bend over. Bending over is prohibited
- Have your pets and children
cared for during the first few days. You cannot bend
over to feed pets and clean litter boxes, nor can you pick
up heavy items--including children.
- Have your house cleaned,
laundry and garbage taken care of before your surgery,
recovery time is not the time to tend to these chores.
- You will more than likely be
asked to cease taking any form of aspirin or
aspirin-containing medications, including a host of other
medications and supplements at least 2 weeks before your
surgery. Request a list from your surgeon's office on
medications you should avoid before surgery. For your
convenience, here is a link to a list of medications
- As your surgery nears anxiety
may set in, so try to relax before your surgery.
Pre-operative jitters are very normal but shouldn't
overwhelm you. Perhaps get a facial or massage to
relax you or if you practice Tae Chi or Yoga, you may find
it very helpful.
- Make sure that you thoroughly
scrub your skin (and wash your hair) with an anti-bacterial
liquid soap such as Hibiclens or simply Dial Antibacterial
consecutively for a few days before surgery. This may
decrease your chances of contracting a bacterial infection.
- Ascertain one last time that
your surgeon knows what size you wish to be
post-operatively. Remind him on your surgery day.
- You may wish to keep a journal
in the days before, up to and after your surgery as well as
take before and after photographs to gauge your progress.
- Most importantly, try to
relax. Increased stress can lower your chances of an
easier and more efficient recovery.
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