When you make the decision to undergo breast augmentation, it’s only natural to want to schedule your surgery as soon as you can. Unfortunately, if your surgeon allows you to schedule your surgery within a few days after your consultation, you should be speaking to someone else.
Too many breast augmentation clinics promise fast turnaround times but this is not a benefit that should be associated with major surgery. By cutting down on your preparation time, you increase your risk of developing complications and ending up with inferior results – not something you want when you’re putting time and money into a major change.
Why It’s Essential to Prepare for Breast Augmentation Surgery
As a breast augmentation patient, you should understand exactly why a two-week preparation period is so important.
- Use the cooling-off period to your advantage
You are about to make a major decision and you deserve to take some time to think about whether this surgery is something you really want before you go ahead and schedule it or make payment. You also need more than a day or two to think about it, which is why you should only be scheduling your surgery two weeks after your consultation. This will also give you the opportunity to send your surgeon any breast augmentation questions you might have.
- Pre-operative testing is required
Your surgeon needs to make sure that your body is fit to undergo surgery and that you will be able to cope with the anaesthetic. Pre-operative testing includes a series of blood tests that will take your medical history into account. When patients skip these tests, surgery can be life-threatening. If your surgeon hasn’t mentioned any testing to you, rather find someone else to assist you.
- You will need to cut out certain foods and medications
There are certain changes you’re going to need to make prior to your surgery. Medications and supplements such as vitamin E, fish oil, ibuprofen and garlic can thin your blood, which means it won’t clot correctly during surgery – something that can be life-threatening. You will need to avoid specific meds, supplements and food for at least two weeks before your surgery.
- The implants may need to be ordered
Not all clinics will have your specific implants available and it could take up to a week to order and receive them, so you may not be able to schedule your surgery as soon as you were hoping to anyway. Cosmetic clinics that push patients into scheduling their surgery want to get rid of bulk implant orders, which means they won’t be the perfect shape or size.
- Lifestyle changes will be required
To ensure the best results, it’s highly recommended that you cut back on alcohol and smoking for at least two weeks before your breast augmentation procedure. The reason for this is because it can slow down your recovery quite significantly.
As you start your breast augmentation journey, be wary of clinics that make bold promises and want to schedule your surgery as soon as possible. If at any point you feel uncomfortable, rather continue your search for a surgeon.