preparing for your surgery it may help for you to get some tips
from surgeons or women
that have already been through surgery. In this section we will
bring you some suggestions to
hopefully help you before and after your surgery.
• Try to meet with your plastic surgeon on two occasions
prior to surgery. This will give you ample
opportunity to review your decision and to discuss implant type
• Purchase a couple of comfortable cotton sports bras without
underwire. You will find these
comfortable and supportive during the first few weeks after surgery.
• Think in advance of any things in your house that you may
need in the first week that are high up in a
cupboard or on a top shelf. Take these down in advance and place
them on a countertop because
reaching far over your head in the first week after surgery will
• Remember that although results of breast augmentation are
certainly evident immediately, it may take
up to six months for you to be able to appreciate the true final
appearance and feel of your breasts.
Dr. Mitchell Brown,
B.Sc., M.D., M.Ed., F.R.C.S.C
here for Dr. Mitchell Brown's profile
• Two weeks before surgery do not take any aspirin-containing
products, anti-inflammatories, blood
thinners , or vitamin E for 14 days prior to your operation. These
medications thin the blood and
greatly increase the risk of bleeding. Tylenol can be taken safely.
• Stop taking any herbal, natural, diet, or alternative drugs
14 days prior to your surgery (e.g. ginkgo
biloba, ginseng, St. John's wort).
• A few patients react to the anesthetic after surgery with
nausea and vomiting. This usually lasts less
than 24 hours and should be treated with lots of fluids, Gravol
• You may begin your regular exercise routine 2 to 3 weeks
after surgery, except upper body weight
training. Upper body weight training and push-ups should not be
done until 6 weeks. Particularly
when implants are placed under the chest muscle, upper body weight
training before 6 weeks could
cause the implants to be pushed upwards.
Dr. Jerome Edelstein
here for Dr. Jerome Edelstein's profile
• One of the important questions to decide before surgery
is the size and shape you want to achieve
with breast augmentation. A 'C' cup in one type of bra might be
a 'D' cup in another type, so a choice
of cup size gives your plastic surgeon only an approximate picture
of your goal. Picking a 320 cc
implant based on a result someone else got with a 320 cc implant
won't work unless you are the
same size and shape as that person, and having the same operation
What to do? Buy a brassiere you would like to be able to fill, add
some rice to plastic bags, and
determine how many ccs of rice you need to fill the brassiere cup.
The actual volume your plastic
surgeon will choose for you will probably be somewhat larger (the
implants get squashed down
when they are under your skin), but this is a good way to make a
• Please consider also whether twenty years from now you
will regret an over-size augmentation.
Changing to a smaller implant at that time may leave you with stretched
out breast skin and the
need for a breast lift.
• The choice of shape is also very important. An augmentation
result in which the top part of the breast
curves outward (convex) is not very natural, and is generally avoided
by plastic surgeons. Yet a recent
study showed that women undergoing breast augmentation actually
preferred this look over a more
'natural' look. This illustrates the importance of good communication
with your plastic surgeon as to
what appearance you hope to achieve.
Michael Kreidstein, MD, MSc, F.R.C.S.C
here for Dr. Michael Kreidstein's profile
• Before your surgery make sure you research as much as possible
so you are fully aware of all
aspects of the surgery. Also, don't feel you have to tell everyone
about your surgery, as you may
regret this after when you realize people might not have noticed.
• Have some spare pillows on your bed. After my BA I found
it hard to sleep on my back all the time
so I would fall alseep hugging a pillow and rolling sideways onto
• Be prepared that you may feel a little 'down' after surgery
which is apparantly quite common. The
surgery, medication and not being able to sleep as well as normal
can catch up with you. And even if
you feel fine weeks after, do not exert yourself as you are still
• Even months after you will feel different sensations in
your breasts, especially when your nerves
start to regenerate. My breasts were extremely itchy about 2 - 3
months post and drove me crazy!
Sarah, 6 months post