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Preparing for Breast Augmentation: A Timeline

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We do a lot of talking about what to expect after breast augmentation here at our Albany practice. But preparing for breast augmentation also takes some advance planning. Take a look at our timeline for preparing for surgery to learn more about what to expect:

The Month Before

While there’s still plenty of time before your surgery, it’s a great opportunity to get all of your questions answered. Although it’s a good idea to come to your initial consultation with a list of questions, it’s natural to have a few that crop up after that appointment. Give your surgeon’s office a call. They should be happy to answer your questions on the spot or have the doctor get back to you. You’ll want to go into your surgery feeling confident and prepared.

This is also a good time to start talking to family and friends about your surgery. Of course, you don’t have to tell everyone. But sharing your procedure with your innermost circle can help ease any anxiety you might be feeling and also improve your recuperation.

2 Weeks Before

Now is the time to discontinue certain medications and supplements that could affect the safety of your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of medications and supplements to avoid. Typically, it’s important to avoid products that thin the blood, including aspirin, St. John’s wort, warfarin, and more. If you’re visiting us from out of town, you should also arrange for your post-op accommodations at this point.

The Week Before

Time to get your prescriptions filled! By picking up your medications prior to surgery, you can give yourself the opportunity to head straight home (or to your hotel) after surgery for a restful experience. Keep an eye on your skin at this point, too. If you notice any rashes or infections, let your surgeon know. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible to ensure healthy healing.

The Night Before

Your most important task the night before surgery is to relax. It’s normal to feel some nerves and anxiety. Treat yourself to a good meal (before midnight), a funny movie, and an early bedtime (but remember, no alcohol). Arrive to your appointment rested and ready for your beautiful new look.

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