6 weeks before your cosmetic procedure:
- Quit smoking and/or using nicotine supplements. It is imperative that there is absolutely no nicotine in your system 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after your surgery. By having nicotine in your system, there is a highly increased risk of healing problems that may result in excessive scarring.
2 weeks before your cosmetic procedure
- Do not take any aspirin or aspirin-containing products, Motrin, Advil, Alleve or other pain or cold medications. Consult with your doctor if you are unsure about which medicines are OK to take.
- Do not take Vitamin E or fish-oil supplements.
- Do not take herbal supplements, diet pills or stimulants.
- Minimize alcohol intake until 2 weeks after surgery.
- Stop smoking if you do smoke.
1 week before surgery:
- Make arrangements for childcare, pet care and postoperative help.
- Make arrangements for a responsible adult to transport you to and from surgery -taxicabs are not permitted.
- Go to your appointment with Pre-admission testing (P.A.T.), if this has been arranged for you as part of your preoperative evaluation.
Day before surgery:
- Double-check the time of surgery, and the time at which you are required to check-in before surgery.
- Review arrangements for transportation to and from surgery.
- Set-up bedroom or recovery area with supplies or items you might like postoperatively like extra pillows, blankets, books, audiotapes, telephone etc.
- You are not allowed to eat or drink anything after midnight. Nothing Per Oral (NPO).
- Prescription medication may be taken with a small sip of water.
Day of surgery:
The patient goes home in a surgical bra and dressing, which helps hold the breasts in the correct position. Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication and sutures are usually removed in 12-14 days.
Light activities can be resumed as tolerated.