Whether you’re a first-timer to the cosmetic surgery world or just a newbie to breast enhancement, it’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed with the options. My breast augmentation patients from the Oakville and Mississauga metro areas often say they want to be as well-prepared for surgery as possible — and rightfully so. Let’s take a look at how to be fully informed, regardless of where you are in your process.
During the initial consultation, I work with each patient to help her select the best options for her unique body and preferences. Although size is an important factor — and often the first consideration regarding breast augmentation — other important decisions include the placement, fill material, and shape of implants.
You can get a good sense of these choices on our Breast Implant Options page. These options may seem endless at first, but keep in mind that many of the details of your surgery will be dictated by your body type and other factors outside of your control — so some of those decisions will be made for you, in a sense, based on your own anatomy.
Preparing Your Body
Breast augmentation doesn’t begin and end at the clinic. Before your procedure, you’ll have a bit of at-home preparations to do to ensure your body is healthy and prepared for the procedure. For example, you may need to temporarily stop taking certain medications and supplements, especially those which have a blood-thinning effect like aspirin.
The night before surgery, you’ll need to fast to reduce the risk of complications during the procedure. The preoperative period is a great time to start adopting some healthy habits, especially if your diet and exercise routine isn’t the best. Regular exercise in the weeks and days leading up to your procedure can help improve your recovery time. Quitting smoking for at least several weeks before surgery can drastically improve the safety of your breast augmentation. On our Breast Augmentation FAQ page, I answer a lot of common questions our patients have about pre- and postoperative guidelines.
There’s a lot to think about as you begin this journey. Overall, remember: Choosing a qualified, experienced surgeon goes a long way, because that surgeon will serve as your guide at every step.