How to prepare for breast reduction surgery

How to prepare for breast reduction surgery

14th Apr 2018

Breast reduction is a popular and effective surgery used to reduce the size of overly large breasts, thereby alleviating associated physical and emotional pain and discomfort. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, apart from repositioning the nipples. If your breasts are overly large and you are in good health, you may be a good candidate for the intervention. Your candidacy will be determined during the pre-operative consultation.

To get satisfactory results with breast reduction surgery, the patient must be prepared for the procedure. When you are fully prepared, you’ll be able to make a good decision and have a safer and smoother recovery. Also, the more prepared the patient is, the better the results. Keep in mind that breast reduction is a major plastic surgery procedure. It involves major incisions, so you must discuss with the plastic surgeon ahead of the intervention.

Consultation for breast reduction surgery

The pre-operative consultation provides you the opportunity to know more about the surgery and prepare accordingly. Your candidacy for the surgery will also be determined during the consultation. A good plastic surgeon will always guide the patient about the things to do to prepare for the surgery, starting weeks before the intervention to the day of the procedure. You must be fully prepared for the surgery. It is better to do some research and get the basic information about breast reduction from reliable sources before going for the consultation.

Furthermore, patient should go armed with relevant and important questions and get her concerns and questions addressed by the surgeon. You can ask questions about the steps of the surgery, the risks, your candidacy in light of the risks, medical history, recovery period, and the results. The information you get from the surgeon will not only help you prepare for the procedure but also give you an idea about the surgeon’s experience, board certification, and skills. You can then make a judicious decision.

Keep your goals and expectations realistic

To be prepared for the surgery, you must have realistic goals and expectations. Your goals should be reasonable and achievable. If your goals are not reasonable, you will not be fully prepared for the surgery and will be dissatisfied with the results no matter how good the results are. Keep in mind that breast reduction is an invasive surgery that will enhance your breasts and alleviate the associated problems. It is neither magic nor miracle that can transform you into someone you are not. It will not make you a celebrity or look like someone else. However, the improvements in the breasts will enhance your overall body outline and definition. It is important to wisely assess and analyze your aesthetic goals and expectations. Doing so will help you set realistic goals and prepare yourself for the surgery.

Stop smoking and certain medications

To undergo breast reduction surgery, you need to be in good health. There is no doubt that smoking is dangerous for health, but it can cause multiple complications when used before the surgery and during the recovery period. To be prepared for the procedure, you need to stop smoking and the use of certain medications. If you are a smoker, the plastic surgeon will tell you to stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery and avoid it during the recovery process. This is a critical aspect of getting ready for the intervention.

Smoking tends to affect the healing process. Smoking contains toxins that block oxygen and blood supply to the surgical wound that can lead to slow and poor wound healing. Also, your doctor may advise you to stop taking certain medications before the surgery. For example, blood-thinning medicines can make the surgery and recovery complicated. You must stop it a week before the intervention as part of getting ready for the surgery.

Get your medical tests

Before breast reduction surgery, you will be told to get certain medical tests and scans. The tests are a major part of determining your candidacy for the surgery and to see if you are medically fit to undergo the operation. You must be prepared to undergo the tests and have the reports sent to your surgeon ahead of the operation. For example, you may be told to get a blood test, pregnancy test, and X-ray.

Keep your body hydrated

The patient must keep her body hydrated as part of preparing for breast reduction surgery. When your body is hydrated, you will be stable throughout the procedure and have a safe and quick recovery. To keep your body hydrated, drink a lot of water for one week ahead of the procedure. Also, include fresh fruit juices and vegetables in your diet. Doing so will boost your healing capability and hydrate your body.

Don’t eat or drink anything a few hours before surgery

Just like other invasive intervention, breast reduction is highly invasive and traumatic. As such, the patient is advised to stop eating and drinking anything some hours ahead of the procedure. For example, the surgeon may tell you to stop eating and drinking eight hours before the intervention. To prepare yourself for the operation, you need to follow this instruction of your doctor. Doing so will ward off many problems that may otherwise occur during the recovery period. It will also make the operation seamless for the surgeon and comfortable for you.

Don’t wear makeup or jewelry to the surgery

Some women consider breast reduction a simple and non-invasive surgery. As such, they wear makeup and even jewelry to the surgery. To prepare for the surgery, you need to stop putting any makeup for at least three days before the operation. Instead, you must use a good quality soap to wash your body clean at least four times a day for three days before the procedure. It is important to keep your body clean and disinfect it ahead of the operation. Be certain your body is free of any makeup on the surgery day. Also, keep your valuables and jewelry at home. There is no need to bring them to the surgery.

Wear comfortable clothes

Breast reduction is a major operation. You need to be comfortable on the day of the surgery. Many women ask what type of clothes should they wear to be comfortable on surgery day. The best thing you can do is wear loose and comfortable clothes. It will keep you relaxed on the surgery day. Of course, you’ll have to wear the clothes given by the surgical facility during the operation. After the procedure, the plastic surgeon will tell you to wear surgical bras. It is important to be ready for wearing the surgical bras and avoid your regular bras. The surgical bras are designed to expedite the healing process and reduce the swelling after surgery.

Arrange someone to drive you home

After the surgery, you will not be able to drive. Instead, the doctor will advise you to avoid any physical movement that can apply pressure to your breasts, such as arm movements. It is important for you to arrange someone to drive you home after the surgery. Also, you must sit in the car carefully when going home. You must not drive for three weeks following the surgery. You should also have someone to accompany you during the first 24-72 hours after the surgery in case there is an emergency or you need help.

Household chores and food

You should also arrange someone to take care of your household chores, children, and pets during your recovery period, especially during the first 3-4 weeks following the operation. Before the surgery, do your shopping and make sure you have enough food to last for the recovery period that can extend to a few weeks.


Breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure that reduces the size of very large breasts by removing excess fat and glandular tissue. Many patients who consider the surgery are curious about how they can prepare for the operation. Keep in mind that breast reduction is a risky and invasive procedure. Hence, it is important to be fully prepared to go under the knife and the recovery period. In this article, I have discussed the important things you can do to prepare yourself for the operation. Furthermore, during the consultation session, you should ask your plastic surgeon what you could do to get ready for the surgery. A good surgeon will also provide you valuable tips and guide you for the surgery.

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