5 Tips to Mentally and Physically Prepare Patients for Breast Implant Surgery

While most women opt for breast implant surgery on their own, typically for cosmetic reasons, it still requires quite a bit of preparation. After all, you are going “under the knife” which doesn’t just take a toll on you physically but also mentally. 

The last thing you want is to stress too much before the surgery. The pressure that you put on your body won’t be good for it. The only way you can avoid that is by taking the right measures by preparing yourself. We have the tips for you to do just that.

 

Choose the right surgeon

When it comes to any form of surgery, you want to pick a surgeon that has knowledge and experience. When it comes to breast implants, you need to look out for these specifications in your chosen surgeon:

  • The surgeon should be certified by an institution that provides certification for plastic or cosmetic surgery in the country for the operation. 
  • Has years of experience performing breast implant surgery, so you know you are in good hands.
  • Works with a medical facility that is accredited for plastic and cosmetic surgery. 
  • Explains the procedure to you clearly beforehand.

Have your breasts examined for abnormalities

Before you go for the surgery, you need to make sure your breasts are in good health. Otherwise, there can be complications post-surgery especially when it comes to breast cancer. The simplest way to do that is to examine them yourself to look for lumps. But you also want to get it scanned by a CT scanner. If your regular practitioner doesn’t have a CT scanner then you can recommend they request a mobile CT scanner. This way any internal abnormality can be detected. Surgeons typically don’t operate on unhealthy breasts because the implants may potentially cause more problems. Consult your doctor before and after the scan is completed so they can examine it for any abnormalities.

 

Consult your surgeon and friends

Getting breast implants is stressful no matter how big or small the surgery. As stated previously, you will need to speak with a surgeon who can clearly explain the procedure to you. Consult your chosen surgeon and have them explain every detail such as the different types of implants and possible side-effects. With a clearer image of the surgery, your mind can be more at ease.

Speaking to a friend about the whole procedure can also be cathartic. You can be open about the surgery and let all of your concerns out. Friends can be the voice you need to help rid you of your worries, going into the surgery with a lot less stress.

 

Watch what you consume

There are certain things that patients should stop consuming before any surgery: 

  • The consumption of any type of recreational drug should be stopped a month before the surgery.
  • If you smoke, then you need to stop at least two weeks before the scheduled surgery.
  • Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs should also not be consumed a month prior to the surgery. 

Such precautionary measures are important as failure to observe them can result in serious issues during surgery. For example, many patients that disregard these measures tend to have blood clotting problems post-surgery. 

 

Make arrangements for post-surgery

Typically, there is no way you can drive back home after surgery. Make arrangements for a friend or family member to be there post-surgery to take you home. You won’t be fully conscious to drive on your own. You may also want them to stay with you for at least a day after the surgery just so there aren’t any complications and for assistance around the home. 

 

Author’s Bio:

Scott has been working in the radiology field for over 30 years. He finds the biological phenomenons found in humankind fascinating and appreciates the incredible use that diagnostic imagery has to save lives. Other than acting as the President for Catalina Imaging, Scott enjoys spreading the word on new insights and breakthroughs in the radiology field, specifically the impact that mobile imaging has for patient care.