Coping with Chronic Health Conditions: Tips

Coping with Chronic Health Conditions: Tips

Guidelines For Pre-Op Breast Augmentation Preparation

by Freddie Cox

Women have breast augmentation surgery for many reasons. Some are simply not happy with the small breasts nature has given them. Others have asymmetrical breasts that they feel insecure about or they are unhappy with their breast after childbearing and breastfeeding. Still others seek out breast augmentation as reconstructive surgery after having breast cancer. Whatever their reason, there are several key factors that are important to remember leading up to the surgery. Here is what you need to know to prepare.

Two Weeks Prior To The Surgery

  • Quit taking any medications that thin the blood. This includes over-the-counter medications like aspirin, Advil, and ibuprofen, health food supplements, including garlic, Vitamin E, fish oil capsules, and Omega-3, as well as prescription medications like Warfarin, Plavix, and Coumadin. This is just a select list; be sure to discuss with your surgeon any medications you take, prescribed or over-the-counter.
  • Stop smoking. Besides the dozens of health reasons not to smoke you likely already know, smoking can cause complications and delay healing post-surgery. The nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other poisonous compounds in cigarettes interfere with the body's ability to heal itself. Carbon monoxide robs the cells of oxygen, and nicotine constricts the blood vessels. This means your cells are nutrient and oxygen-starved, a necessary element in the healing process. In turn, your wounds will take longer to heal and be less able to fight off infection.
  • Make you arrangements for transportation to and from the surgery center as well as provisions for someone to stay with you after the surgery for 48 hours.

One Week Prior To The Surgery

  • Pick up whatever after-care supplies and prescriptions your doctor has ordered from the pharmacist.
  • Stop drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Inform the office if you have any current infections or viruses.
  • Pack for the surgery center or clinic. You will not need a bra as the clinic with provide this, but you should pack loose, non-binding clothing that can be stepped into or has a button front. Avoid pullovers as lifting your arms will be difficult. Pack any other toiletries you may need and medication that has been approved by your surgeon.

On The Day Of The Surgery

Each doctor and facility has their own protocol they will give you to follow, but generally, take a shower with plain soap and water, shave, remove any piercings and jewelry, don't apply makeup or perfumes, and brush your teeth, being careful not to swallow any water. Your physician will provide more in-depth details, such as when to stop eating and drinking before surgery and which medications you may take.

Contact a facility, like Renaissance Center For Facial & Body Sculpting, for more help.


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Coping with Chronic Health Conditions: Tips

Ever since I was a young girl, I have had bad asthma and allergies. I had to stay in the hospital several times when I was in elementary school just to help get my asthma under control and it seemed like I was trying medication after medication with little success. I don't remember all of my childhood health details, since I was so young, but my mother has "filled in the blanks" for me. Thanks to modern medicine and a natural remedy, my health conditions are currently under control and have been for a few years now. I am very grateful for my good health, and I want to "pay it back" to others by creating a blog where I will post my health tips. I hope I can help you learn how to achieve good health!