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Preparing for Breast Augmentation Surgery

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  • July 29, 2015

Overview: After consulting with Dr. Ladak, you’ve decided to have breast augmentation surgery at the Alberta Plastic Surgery Practice in Edmonton and it’s time to get excited! Although it’s hard not to daydream about life post-procedure, to make a smooth transition you need to prepare your mind, body and environment before having breast augmentation surgery. Read the blog below for tips on preparing for this plastic surgery procedure.


It’s best to avoid aspirin or similar medications up to 3 weeks before your planned breast augmentation surgery. Medications like aspirin, Advil, Naprosyn and other anti-inflammatories can cause bleeding and bruising, and therefore should be avoided before surgery. For any discomfort following surgery, Dr. Ladak will prescribe pain-medication for you to take. It’s a good idea to pick up the prescription before the surgery, that way you’ll have it at your disposal when you get home.


While a healthy diet is always advised for everyone, it is especially important to eat proper nutritious meals before breast augmentation to give the body increased efficiency. A nutritious diet greatly benefits major functions in the body like digestion that in turn will minimize any discomforts.\


After your breast augmentation surgery, you might have limited mobility in your upper body. To prepare for this mobility issue you can move items from high shelves to lower ones, so you can reach dishes or clothing without having to raise your arms above your head.


One of the nicer obstacles you may encounter after breast augmentation surgery is that some clothing will no longer fit the way they used to. You don’t have to run out and get a brand new wardrobe! But it is a good idea to invest in cotton sports bras that will fit your new size. As well, on the day of your breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Ladak suggests bringing clothes you can change into comfortably. Remembering that you will have trouble raising your arms over your head, tops with buttons or a front zipper usually work well post surgery.


It’s natural for you to experience bruising or swelling around the breasts after surgery, but it is nothing to be alarmed about. The swelling will subside after a 1-2 weeks. If you don’t already have an ice pack, it’s a good idea to invest in one beforehand since it helps with any discomfort from the swelling. If you don’t have an ice pack, frozen peas or corn will work just as well.


It’s highly beneficial for you to plan your breast augmentation surgery around the time when family and or friends have greater availability to help. They can help with daily chores around the house and can also run errands for you as you recover. Not only are family and friends great at helping with the physical recovery, they can also provide any emotional support you might need. And sometimes it’s just nice to have company during the recovery period!

Bottom Line: The greater the preparation before surgery, the smoother the recover period will be. At the Alberta Plastic Surgery Practice, Dr. Ladak’s top priority before and after any plastic surgery is patient care. During consultations, Dr. Ladak will also educate you on how to keep the incision site clean and will be available for any concerns you may have. By having simple things like an ice pack in the freezer, having family around or having household items on lower shelves will allow you to experience a safe recovery period.

If you’re interested in finding out more about what Dr. Adil Ladak’s plastic and cosmetic surgery practice in Edmonton, Alberta, call today to schedule a consultation. 


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