Breast Augmentation: 5 Things to Tell Your Surgeon

Things to discuss with your plastic surgeon before your breast augmentation.

Breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States, and the reason for this is fairly obvious. It is an excellent way to transform the body and restore or create the feminine look that patients are after. Breast augmentation at my Toledo, OH, practice gives my patients the option to wear certain clothing that they were unable to wear before surgery because of their smaller breast size or discontent about the way their shirts and tops fit.  

To help you realize all of your breast augmentation goals, though, your surgeon will need some information from you. In this blog post, I’ll review 5 of the most important things you should tell your surgeon before breast augmentation.

#1: What are your lifestyle plans?

It is important to tell your doctor what your lifestyle goals are post-op.  For example, it is helpful to know whether you exercise a lot so that your doctor can guide you through the pre-surgical as well as the postoperative recovery phase.

First, this information can help your surgeon guide you to the appropriate breast implant. If you regularly engage in strenuous activity, for instance, you may not want very large implants. You can read more about some of our breast implant options at my Toledo practice in this related blog post.

Recovery from breast augmentation is usually fairly rapid for my Toledo patients. Most return to the gym at about 3 weeks. A few strenuous exercises may need to be delayed a bit longer, and lighter activity might be resumed even before the 3-week mark.

This exercise timetable may vary if you’ve had other procedures such as a tummy tuck or liposuction at the same time. Once your surgeon understands your activity needs, they can provide you with a more specific exercise schedule.

#2: How strenuous is your work?  

What is your work schedule like? Most people can return to light office work after a weekend. If your job entails heavy lifting or more strenuous work, you may need to take a few additional days off or initially return to light duty. If your surgeon has this information before your surgery, they can help you plan for the appropriate return-to-word schedule.

You can read more about breast augmentation recovery and returning to work in this Healthline article.

#3: What’s your home life like?

Do you have children or small pets? While I always ask the patient what their lives and activities are like, it is important to know whether a patient has children or small pets.

After surgery, you should be prepared to avoid lifting a child after breast augmentation. Very small children can be lifted almost immediately after surgery, but for larger children, you should wait perhaps 2 to 3 weeks.

To prepare, have a conversation with your children before surgery so that they know that you can sit and hold them, but you won’t be able to pick them up right away after surgery. 

#4: What’s your pain tolerance?

I would also like to know how you tolerate pain or discomfort. Breast augmentation does involve some discomfort. However, with newer methods and my rapid recovery process that includes injection of a long-acting analgesic pain medicine, some patients may only need Motrin or other anti-inflammatory medication after surgery. If your pain tolerance is low, you may need some prescription medicine for a few days. 

#5: What medications do you take?

It is always important to tell the doctor what kind of medication you take.  This also tells me whether you have any other medical issues which we should also discuss. We need to know in advance if the patient is on homeopathic medicine or blood thinners or has any other significant medical issues so that the surgical process can be made safe and the recovery process uneventful. 

To see the type of breast augmentation results you can expect, feel free to browse my patients’ before-and-after photos.

At my Toledo practice, we accommodate patients from around the region. In fact, patients come to me for breast augmentation from as nearby as Findlay and Sandusky, OH, and as far as Ann Arbor, MI, and beyond. If you’re ready to learn more about your breast augmentation options, contact my practice online or call us at (419) 534-6551. 

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