Are you preparing for a breast reduction surgery? Here are some instructions that you need to follow:
- Stop smoking and drinking(alcohol) least one month before and two weeks after the surgery. Smoking and drinking can impair wound healing, and increase the risk of infection after the surgery.
- If you are addicted to smoking and alcohol, the surgeon will perform certain tests like urine test or blood test before performing the surgery. Hence be prepared for these kinds of routine tests.
- Schedule your miscellaneous routine and dental procedures prior to your surgery. You will not be able to have these appointments for at least six months after the breast reduction surgery.
- Around 14-20 days prior to the surgery and 48 hours after the surgery – avoid taking ibuprofen, aspirin, vitamin E, fish oil or any other medication. Other products to avoid are protein supplements, fat supplements, garlic supplements, etc. These products may affect the blood in your body.
- Do not shave your chest for 3 to 4 days before the surgery.
- Please remove all body pierced ornaments.
- Start planning your recovery area and stock up on books, movies and other small tasks that you can do at home, post surgery.
- Stock your kitchen with lots of fruits, vegetables, and protein-based foods – it will help you have a healthy diet, post surgery.
- Keep drinking lots of water –at least a week prior to the surgery.
- Before going for the breast reduction surgery take a shower with a proper antibacterial soap. Make sure you cleanse your chest and underarms thoroughly. However do not apply deodorant, powder or lotion.
- Once your surgery appointment is fixed, ensure you book someone to drive you back home after the surgery.
- In addition, make sure you follow all the instructions provided by the surgeon. Following your physician’s instructions is the key to the success of your breast reduction surgery.
Breast reduction surgery is a crucial surgery; hence ensure you know all the benefits, potential complications, and what’s involved in the recovery. Be completely honest with your surgeon about your medical history and why you’re seeking a breast reduction. It will avoid any complications in the future.