Breast augmentation is 1 of the most popular plastic surgery procedures—year after year. If you’re researching breast augmentation in Toronto, there are 3 vital steps you should take during the planning process to ensure you receive the results you’re envisioning.
Research, Research, Research
Knowledge is power, and nowhere is that more true than in the world of medicine. The internet has made it easier than ever to access unbiased, honest reviews of the surgeons you’re considering, and learning about your preferred procedure through the words of someone who’s “been there” can be a great help. Once you’ve started to narrow down your options, check on your surgeon’s credentials. Choose a doctor who is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and take care to learn about his or her education and background. Most surgeons offer a CV on their websites. It can also be convenient to follow a practice on social media to stay up-to-date about news and events within their office.
Once you’ve decided on a surgeon, research the procedure and your breast implant options. You’ll have several decisions to discuss with your surgeon, and it helps to be prepared.
Although breast augmentation is a good change, it’s still a change—and it requires preparation. Before surgery I give each breast augmentation patient instructions to minimize the risk of surgery and improve comfort. Highlights include:
- If you’re a smoker, quit—the sooner the better.
- If you’re not naturally a back sleeper, start practicing before your surgery to ensure your recovery is a restful one. You’ll need to sleep on your back for several weeks after breast augmentation.
- Discuss your health history and current medications with your surgeon. You may need to stop taking some of them.
- Eat a healthy diet, avoid alcohol, and continue to exercise as normally before your operation.
You can read more about how to prepare for breast augmentation surgery in this related blog post.
Get Ready to Rest
A healthy recovery is an extremely important component of a successful surgery. As your body goes to work healing itself, it’s vital to listen to what it’s telling you. Be sure to schedule enough time away from work—at least 5 consecutive days—to stay home and rest. Be sure to arrange for transportation to and from your procedure, as you’ll be groggy and not able to safely drive.
Another good idea is to prepare a “recovery space” for the immediate hours and days after your surgery. This can be any comfortable, clean area of your home that has easy access to a bathroom. Be sure to stock your “recovery area” with supplies like healthy, enjoyable snacks, water, and plenty of pillows and blankets. You may also wish to purchase some new button-down tops, since you won’t be able to lift your hands over your head for the first week or so. Fire up your Netflix account while your body does the work of recuperation. It can also help to browse through breast augmentation before-and-after photos so your end result is top-of-mind during your recovery.