Introduction Preparing for your breast augmentation procedure can be an exhilarating but daunting task. For the smoothest procedure and the fastest recovery, it is very important to plan carefully. Your plastic surgeon can tell you how to best prepare for the surgery, and what you need to do for the quickest possible recovery. However, it is important to do your homework to make sure that nothing is left out. The information provided in this article can help you prepare for your breast augmentation surgery. Mental Preparation Every year, millions of women around the world undergo breast augmentation surgery. For some people, surgery can be a scary experience. You may have questions, hesitations, and misgivings that may make you even more apprehensive. While breast augmentation may be an elective procedure if you are seeking it for cosmetic purposes, it still requires a lot of planning and preparation. The most important part of getting ready for the surgery is to mentally prepare yourself for the day of the surgery, and for the recovery. This is an important part of the process, so it is important to take your time. It has already been established that women who are mentally ready for surgery experience very few or no complications during or after the breast augmentation surgery. Mental and emotional wellness will also aid in recovery. Be sure to seek answers to all your questions. Whatever your concerns, be sure to discuss them with your surgeon. This will relieve your anxiety and help you overcome your fears. The surgery settings The settings for most plastic surgery procedures have completely transformed to become more simple and less time consuming. Most plastic surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, so there is no need for an extended hospital stay. If the procedure is free of complications, you will be able to go home on the day of your surgery. If you intend to stay in the surgical facility overnight, you can discuss it with your surgeon and prepare yourself accordingly. Preparing for the procedure Below are some tips to prepare for the breast augmentations surgery: Tests and Scans: You may be asked to undergo a few tests and scans, such as pre-surgery mammogram, blood tests and X-Ray. Administration of tests varies based on your age and your surgeon. Smoking: Tobacco is harmful, and it can negatively affect the post-surgery healing process. If you are a smoker, you will be required to stop smoking at least one week before your surgery, and to remain a nonsmoker for at least one month after the procedure. Drug Intake: During the surgical and recovery period, it may be recommended that you discontinue use of certain drugs, including prescription medications, supplements, and herbs. If you are taking any drugs, be sure to bring it to the attention of your surgeon. You may be required to stop taking those drugs, especially aspirin, ibuprofen, or steroids for at least a month before the surgery. Eating Healthy Foods: At least a week prior to the surgery, be sure to eat healthy foods and avoid alcohol. Also, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery day. Shower: Before your surgery, remember to take a shower and properly wash and clean your breast area with soap. Makeup and Jewelry: On the day of the surgery, do not wear makeup or jewelry. You should avoid applying hydrators, gels, creams, lotions, deodorant etc. Also, remove your nail polish, because it can create problem in monitoring your blood circulation. Hair accessories and body piercings should be left at home. Prescription Medications: If you plastic surgeon has prescribed medications for the surgery day, take them on time and according to the instructions provided by your surgeon. Drink only a little water to swallow the medicine, as you are fasting for the surgery. Contact Lenses: The wearing of contact lenses is not allowed during the surgery, so it is best to keep them safely with someone who will accompany you on the surgery day. Clothes and Shoes: Make sure to wear loose, comfortable clothes, and comfortable shoes on your surgery day. Aerobic Exercises: You can engage in regular exercises like bicycling, swimming and running before your surgery, so your lung function improves. This will help you during and after the surgery. Reporting Change in Health: If you notice any changes in your health before the surgery day, communicate this to your surgeon. This includes even minor illnesses, such as coughing. Also, if you find out that you are pregnant or even if you suspect this, discuss it with your surgeon. Documents: On the day of surgery, make sure to bring with you any relevant documents, including insurance documents, cards, drivers license and other essential papers, including any papers given to you by your doctor. All information on your documents shall be updated and correct. Personal Arrangements Make sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery, because you will not be allowed to drive. You must also arrange for someone to accompany you at home for the first 24 hours after the surgery. If you have children, make arrangements for their care during and after your breast augmentation surgery. Have enough food at home to last at least one week. On the day of surgery, limit the number of people who may accompany you. Conclusion Breast augmentation is a major surgery. Your mental and physical preparation is the key to minimizing surgical risks and complications, and is essential for your quick recovery. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with complete guidelines on how to prepare for the procedure. You must do thorough research to ensure that nothing is left out. You can use the tips provided above to prepare for the breast augmentation procedure.