If you have decided to have breast reduction surgery, you are probably feeling some mixed emotions. On the one hand, you’re likely relieved that the pain and discomfort associated with large breasts will soon be coming to an end and you will soon have breasts that are more comfortable to live with and better accentuate your silhouette. At the same time, you may be feeling some anxiety about your impending procedure, especially if this is the first time you are having surgery. To help calm any fears, we offer tips for preparing for a breast reduction surgery:
Get Your Transportation Plan in Place
On the day of your breast reduction, you will be receiving general anesthesia so that you are completely asleep and unaware that your surgery is taking place. You will not be able to drive yourself home when you’re released from the outpatient surgery center. Make arrangements in advance for a family member or a friend to drive you home from your surgery.
Arrange for 2 Weeks Off from School or Work
Recovering from a breast reduction surgery takes time. If you attend school or have a job, you’ll need to arrange to take a week or two off to recover. If you are a mom or caretaker, you’ll need extra help around the house to care for your children and tend to your home, as your number one job post-surgery is to rest and relax so that your body can naturally heal.
Prepare for a Place to Comfortably Rest
After a breast reduction, you won’t be able to sleep on your stomach. Instead, you’ll need to sleep on your back with your back propped up with pillows, or on your side. Some breast reduction patients prefer to sleep in a recliner, and if you don’t own one, you may consider renting one for the recovery. Think about what sleeping and resting positions will make you most comfortable, and plan accordingly.
Get Extra Help Around the House
Mom or not, you will not be able to do many chores as you are recovering from your surgery. Make sure you enlist the help of family or friends to do basic activities like cooking, cleaning, and laundry while you are recovering from your surgery. While it may be uncomfortable to ask for help, you’ll appreciate the extra hands when the time comes.
Surgery can take a toll on your body. The healthier you are before surgery, the faster you will recover. Try to take the weeks before surgery to increase exercise, eat healthy, take your vitamins and supplements, drink a lot of water and cut down on alcohol.
If You Smoke, It’s Time to Quit
Smoking is dangerous if you’re undergoing surgery. Smoking can restrict blood vessels, making it harder for Dr. Comizio to perform your breast reduction, as well as complicating your recovery process. It’s important to inform Dr. Comizio if you smoke, and be honest with her, and she can help you get enrolled in a smoking cessation program so that you can have the best possible surgical and recovery experience.
Ask Dr. Comizio
Dr. Comizio is here to help you, both before, during, and after your breast reduction surgery. If you have questions about how to prepare for your procedure, make sure to ask her during your consultation so she can review your pre and post-op instructions with you, or call her office to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff about pre-surgery preparation tips at (973) 775-9248.