Preparing for Breast Reduction Surgery
Thoughtfully preparing for breast reduction surgery can make a very big impact on your post-operative comfort levels and recovery rate. Our Breast Reduction Specialists recommend making the following preparations.
One Month Before Breast Reduction Surgery
Nicotine reduces blood flow to the skin and can cause significant complications during healing. You must refrain from smoking for at least 4 weeks after surgery. It’s also not a bad idea to consider quitting permanently at this point as well, since smoking can decrease the lifetime of your plastic surgery results.
Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility on the day of your procedure and remain with you for at least 24 hours after. Remember, people are busy, so the sooner this can be coordinated, the better. Patients cannot leave the facility on their own and cannot be left alone during the first 24 hours.
Arrange Medical Clearance
Arrange to have your medical clearance completed by your primary care physician and any specialist your surgeon has asked for an opinion from.
Two Weeks Before Breast Reduction Surgery
Drugs and Supplements
Do not consume any aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve (naproxen), or other NSAIDs – they interfere with normal blood clotting. For pain relief, take Tylenol or generic acetaminophen
Discontinue all herbal medications and diet pills – they can complicate your surgical procedure or increase risks.
Your normal multivitamin is fine, but discontinue “mega-doses” of vitamin E.
The Week of Breast Reduction Surgery
Pre-Operative Shopping List
Fill your pre-operative shopping list, including picking up your prescriptions, germ-inhibiting soap, and straws to encourage you to drink water. Plan to purchase a whey protein powder such as Vega 1 or GNC generic brand. Please take 2 scoops a day in a shake starting one week before surgery continuing two weeks after surgery. Your body requires protein to heal.
Prepare Your Recovery Space
This is a good time to prepare your recovery space. Be sure to have a wedge pillow or enough pillows to hold your torso upright during recovery. You may also want to purchase a few books and movies for entertainment. You will not be confined to bed, but the more you enjoy your rest, the more you’ll do it and the better your recovery will be.
It’s not a bad idea to move frequently needed items down from high shelves at home. You will likely not want to reach over your head much for a few weeks.
Clothing and Recovery Gear
New York Breast Reduction will provide custom recovery gear, but sometimes patients are more comfortable in their own clothes. During your consultation, we’ll discuss recovery wear and what can be worn for your procedure.
Health & Medication
Report any signs of cold, infection, boils, or pustules
Do not take any cough, cold, or other over-the-counter medications without permission.
The Day of Breast Reduction Surgery
1. Do not eat or drink anything (not even water) after midnight the night before your surgery. No gum, candy, mints, or coffee the morning of surgery. If you sneak anything, you can increase your risk of serious surgical complications.
2. You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery, but do not drink anything.
3. Your surgeon will tell you whether you should take any regular medications the day of the procedure.
4. Take a shower the night before or the morning of your surgery. Scrub thoroughly with your germ- inhibiting soap. Shampoo your hair the morning of surgery.
5. Do not use makeup, creams, lotions, hair gels, sprays, perfumes, powder, or deodorant on your skin, hair, or face.
6. Do not wear contacts to surgery. Wear your glasses and bring your glasses case.
7. Do not bring any valuables or wear any jewelry. If you cannot remove your wedding rings or simply can’t bear to, we will tape them.