There are certainly more than three ways to prepare for your breast reduction surgery if it’s coming up. But some steps are more common than others, so we’re discussing three easy ways for you to set up your breast reduction recovery period. These steps won’t apply to everyone, but you can still learn something anyway!
The Best Three Ways to Prepare for Your Breast Reduction Surgery
There are easily far more than three ways to prepare for your breast reduction. And each patient will have preparation steps that are unique to her. That’s true of any plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure. Indeed, preparing for surgery is something that is typically undertaken under your surgeon’s direction.
And that makes a lot of sense. Your surgeon knows the procedure and your surgeon knows you. It’s the combination of those two things that will make for your unique breast reduction procedure.
But there are some fairly common ways that you can get ready for your oncoming breast reduction procedure, once you’ve committed to undergoing this particular surgery. And we should mention that preparation is going to be a combination of various ways to get ready. What works for someone else might not work as well for you and vice versa, so be sure you’re talking to your surgeon at every stage. This article is not meant to serve as a substitute for medical advice–it’s intended for entertainment purposes only.
Step #1: Get Some Help Around the House
Preparing for your breast reduction procedure means getting ready for your recovery. Compared to other surgical procedures, the recovery period for breast reduction is relatively modest, and most patients can be back to mostly normal activities in a couple of weeks (again, check with your surgeon).
But your activities will be limited during your recovery, with restrictions placed on your mobility and any lifting you might normally do. You’ll also (especially for the first few days) be much more limited in terms of what you can accomplish on a daily basis. So make sure you’ve got some help around the house:
- Have someone around to help you move around for the first few days
- Help would also be good when it comes to preparing meals (both for you and for your family)
- If there are any daily cleaning tasks that need to be accomplished, be sure you’re delegating those to friends or family.
Either way, getting some help around the house to assist you during your recovery is vital to taking care of your breast reduction results.
Step #2: Take Time Off of Work
Your next preparatory step is to make sure you can take a little bit of time off of work. Breast reduction is a procedure that appeals to a wide variety of patients–some retired, some not yet graduated from college. But the vast majority of patients will be of working age, so it’s important that patients are able to take time off of work.
Now, that doesn’t mean you have to tell your job exactly why you’re taking time off–although you might. That will change from employer to employer. But you’ll definitely need to take at least a week off of work. Talk to your surgeon about the exact timing.
Step #3: Keep Yourself Healthy
If you’re prepping for surgery, you’re probably not going to go out of your way to make yourself less healthy. But there are a couple of things to keep in mind as your procedure date approaches:
- The success of breast reduction procedures can often depend on patients maintaining a stable weight, at least at first. Losing weight or putting on weight can impact the size of your breasts (for different reasons) and, therefore, the end results of your procedure.
- It’s also incredibly important that you refrain from smoking tobacco products during your recovery or leading up to your procedure. Cigarettes can significantly impair your healing abilities, so smoking during this stage of your life can have negatively impact your recovery and your results.
Get Instructions From Your Surgeon
Your surgeon will likely supply you with preparation and recovery instructions well before your surgical procedure actually takes place. It’s important to obey these instructions as closely as possible. Your surgeon may also give you personalized instructions and those are also incredibly important.
Breast reduction is a relatively less invasive procedure and the recovery is typically comparatively quick. The better you prepare, the more likely you are to have a smooth ride all the way to enjoying your results.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for nearly five years. He’s constantly in touch with cosmetic and plastic surgeons to ensure he has the latest and most up to date information possible.