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Preparing for Breast Augmentation Surgery

Posted February 19, 2017 in Breast Procedures, Plastic Surgery

Breast Augmentation Surgery

According to the data published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 4.5 million breast augmentation surgeries were performed between 1997 and 2012. At present, breast augmentation ranks as the number one cosmetic surgery in the US. Pre-operative preparation is an essential component of the procedure, and will influence the final outcome.

The breast surgeon will provide instructions and closely engage with the patient to help her prepare for breast augmentation. Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Angela Champion provides breast augmentation to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and other cities in the vicinity.

Evaluation of Cosmetic Goals

As a first step, the candidate for breast augmentation should evaluate why she wants to undergo the procedure, and what exactly about her breast appearance may be bothering her. The patient is in the best position to explain her aesthetic needs to the surgeon, and contribute to the creation of a customized surgical plan.

A procedure such as breast enhancement is a personal journey for a woman, and she should only choose it when she has a strong personal desire to improve her breast appearance. She should not merely seek it to appease someone else or be influenced by someone else.

Internet Forums and Websites 

Once a woman has chosen to seek a breast augmentation consultation, she should go through the surgeon’s practice website to have a basic idea about the practice as well as the breast augmentation surgery. She may also contact previous patients via dedicated online forums to learn about their experiences with this procedure.

Once she has some community support as well as insights into how other patients view breast augmentation, it will increase her confidence and help her determine whether this procedure is the best choice for her. A well-prepared patient will be better placed to a have a more meaningful and productive consultation with the surgeon.

Matching Candidacy Requirements

The patient’s candidacy will be determined during the consultation process by the breast surgeon. Therefore, prior to the consultation, the patient can start focusing on improving her daily diet and exercise regimen, and maintain stable body weight as far as possible. She should not plan for a weight loss procedure or a pregnancy while she is considering this surgery.

It is an astute idea to review as many breast augmentation ‘before and after’ images as possible in order to develop realistic expectations. These images can be accessed from the surgeon’s website or at their office. The patient should also preferably have a list of questions ready, which she wants to ask during the consultation.

Before the Surgery

Preparatory steps prior to the surgery may include:

  • Avoid the use of blood thinners and NSAIDs as well as certain types of vitamins and herbal supplements for a few weeks before the surgery.
  • Quit smoking prior to the surgery for a certain period as advised by the surgeon.
  • Apply for leave from the workplace for at least one week from the date of surgery.
  • Arrange for transportation from the surgery center to home and aftercare to help ensure a safe and comfortable post-surgery phase.

Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Champion receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas for breast augmentation.

To learn more about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Angela Champion, M.D. contact us at 949.640.4005. Taking new patients from in and around Newport Beach | Orange County CA.