Before your surgery
You will need to purchase a sports bra to take with you to the hospital � the size will be agreed with your Surgeon and yourself at consultation. More mature women may be requested to undergo a mammogram. It is advisable to make any changes to your weight before surgery � this will give you a more long-lasting result. If you are considering having children in the very near future, it is better to wait and have surgery after completing your family as the fluctuation in breast size during pregnancy will alter the outcome.
If you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.
The day of your surgery
The Surgeon will visit you in your room to obtain a final consent and answer any last minute questions you may have. When you wake up from the anaesthetic you will have dressings and your sports bra in place. You will be offered pain relief should you require it, and there may be drainage tubes in place to collect any leakage of blood � these will be removed before you go home. You will need to stay in hospital overnight and go home the following morning.
You may be given antibiotics and painkillers to take. It is normal to experience discomfort following Breast Augmentation and you will be advised to rest when you get home to assist recovery. If you have young children you will need to arrange for someone to help you with them and also basic household chores for approximately 1 week. It is advisable to refrain from work for between 1-2 weeks, depending on your occupation; however, most people who have a clerical-type job will be fit for work after 7 days. Your Surgeon will give you specific advice regarding returning to work, exercise etc.
It is necessary for you to refrain from bathing and showering until you have been seen at the clinic for your first wound check, at approximately 7-14 days. You will also be asked to sleep on your back for the first few weeks. It is very important that you attend the appointments that have been made for you to care for your wounds and see your Surgeon post-operatively. Please do not wear an underwire bra until you have discussed this with your Surgeon.
Please arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital.