The Lotus Clinic Details the Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Breast Augmentation Process

shutterstock_24866206Last week, in a blog post titled, Is Your Cosmetic Surgeon Measurement-Oriented Or Aesthetically Inclined?, Dr. Chandra Patel detailed what patients can expect during their second breast augmentation consultation. In the final part of our three-part series, our experienced plastic surgeon discusses what patients can expect for the pre-operative, day-of-surgery, and post-operative stages of the procedure:

For breast enlargement surgery, the main objective of pre-operative preparation is to avoid substances that would thin the patient’s blood and cause complications. The list of substances patients should avoid prior to surgery include:

  • Certain prescription medications
  • Herbal supplements
  • Ginger
  • Ginko
  • Ginseng

On the day of surgery, I check in with my patients in the anesthetic bay before they enter the theater. During this time, we reconfirm the surgical plan to double-check that the patient and I are in complete agreement in regard to our aim and the anticipated outcome we’ve previously discussed during the consultation process. Then the anesthesiologist will speak to the patient to ensure their comfort.

I prefer to keep my patients overnight because even with breast augmentation surgery, there can be some discomfort. Another reason I keep patients overnight is that I always use drains after breast augmentation surgery. Although many doctors do not use drains, I do not see the logic behind that choice. I use drains because I believe it is important to remove fluid that may accumulate in the first 24 hours, as any fluid that is left behind can encourage capsular formation that would harden the breast. Fluid accumulation is a natural inflammatory response that we try to counter, and drains have no associated risks—only the chance of improving results. The following day, patients return home.

In the weeks following surgery, patients will wear a breast band to keep the implant positioned correctly. By using a flat breast band garment to keep the implants at a lower level, patients end up with a more natural look. This garment is worn on the upper breast for three weeks to stop the implant from riding upward. While patients wear the garment, they are free to do normal activities as soon as they feel comfortable. Generally, my patients return to work within a week or less, though heavy lifting and strenuous exercise are restricted for 4-6 weeks.

Read more about the breast augmentation process in parts one and two of our three-part blog series:

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