Women often make mistakes before and after breast augmentation surgery. Some people do it deliberately while others forget the instructions given by their plastic surgeon. For successful results after a breast augmentation, it’s always important for a patient to stick to the doctor’s instructions and follow the prescribed medication without fail. Following your breast augmentation surgery, it’s important that you follow your surgeon’s advice, otherwise you may end up with serious complications. Sticking to post-operative guidelines will increase the chance of achieving your desired results and recovering successfully from breast augmentation. If you still experience complications even after following post-operative care instructions, don’t hesitate to inform you plastic surgeon. The recovery period after breast augmentation procedure is a crucial time as your body heals and your new implants get into the right position. During recovery, your breasts are fragile, so it is important to take great care of your body. Why get a breast augmentation? Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed by plastic surgeons today. Women prefer large breasts to boost their self-esteem and confidence. Men also play a part because of their preference for women with large breasts. Some women, however, fail to follow instructions given by their plastic surgeons after breast augmentation procedure and end up regretting the results. Some common mistakes should be avoided after breast augmentation procedure for a successful outcome. Find a board-certified plastic surgeon to have the best results possible and minimize the chance of revision, which can lead to scarring and complications. You should never undergo breast augmentation for the wrong reasons. It is a mistake altering your body with the aim of impressing someone else or someone you love. There are many reasons why women undergo breast augmentation. It is especially popular among flat-chested women and those who have just finished breastfeeding. Breast augmentation can correct breast shape and is advisable if the patient is physically healthy. As you consult with your surgeon, ask questions that can make you feel at ease. Ask relevant questions such as: • How many years of experience do you have in breast augmentation procedure? • Are you board-certified and allowed to practice this procedure? • Which accredited surgical facility do you use? • Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation? • What method of breast augmentation would be suitable for me? You can also request for samples or before and after images of your surgeon’s previous clients. You can also ask to speak to some of his previous clients. Before undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, you must be physically healthy to allow your body to recover well. Discontinuing some medications before undergoing surgery may be advised by your plastic surgeon. Stop smoking as early as six weeks before the procedure to boost the level of oxygen supply in your blood, which will greatly help with recovery. Following surgery, you should rest as much as possible to boost fast healing. You should expect your energy levels to decline after surgery, so plenty of rest and relaxation is advised. Break away from vigorous activities. Other common mistakes people make after a breast augmentation procedure include: 1. Using the same bra: Breast augmentation increases the size of breasts, so it is not a good idea to keep using the same bras prior to the procedure. Your new, enlarged breasts should be given a different kind of support after the procedure. 2. Wearing an underwire bra: You should only wear a surgical bra after the procedure. Avoid wearing an underwire bra for at least a month after the procedure. The bra you use should be able to support your breasts without being tight. An underwire bra can interfere with the incisions on your breasts, affecting the healing process. 3. Wearing a push-up bra: Never wear a push-up bra when recovering from breast augmentation. Your breasts should feel comfortable and in place as you recover from surgery. Push-up bras are known for displacing your breast implants, putting pressure on the incisions which can prolong your healing period. 4. Not wearing a surgical bra: Surgical bras are important and useful when recovering from a breast augmentation procedure. Surgical bras can be opened from the front end for monitoring and supervision. Before going under the knife, make sure to ask for the best type of clothing to be worn during recovery. 5. Smoking and alcohol: Just like any other surgical procedure, it is not advisable to drink or smoke as you recover. Smoking interferes with the oxygen supply in the blood, prolonging the healing time. Nicotine affects the blood vessels through constriction. Constriction, as a result, reduces the amount of blood to the tissues. This is why smokers normally take a longer period to recover from wounds or illnesses. Taking alcohol before and after the surgery is also not good for your health. It can affect your body’s response to prescribed medication. 6. Failing to discontinue medication: During consultation, you’ll be informed of the medication to be discontinued when recovering from breast augmentation surgery. Some drugs such as aspirin should be discontinued before undergoing any plastic surgery procedure. Other medications are also known to interfere with anesthesia. During consultation, it’s important to tell your plastic surgeon if you are presently taking any medication. Some herbal supplements are also not recommended as you recover from plastic surgery. You can get a list of medication to be discontinued before plastic surgery either from your plastic surgeon or from the internet. The internet alone has a lot of information about plastic surgery and you should be able to make good use of it.