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Pre-operative Preparation

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What you need to know about preparing for your operation.

Get to know your breasts and recognise that they will not be exactly the same. They are sisters not identical twins.

Book a convenient date well in advance. Don’t be seduced into having it done tomorrow or next week because it would be cheaper. Allow plenty of time for recovery and make sure you have help available. Also get your finances sorted out well in advance.

Six weeks before surgery try and stop smoking and two weeks before surgery stop Aspirin (or Aspirin containing drugs) and all vitamins and homeopathic herbal medicines.

Start Arnica one week prior to surgery and continue for one week afterwards.

Continue to take all prescribed drugs as normal but letting the surgeons know, this includes the contraceptive pill. If there is a chance you could be pregnant, you must contact the surgeon’s office.

Prepare for your return home: Ensure that you have food and drink supplies available that will provide a good balanced diet. You should be able to do most things right away but no heavy lifting over 50lbs. Get someone to look after small children and remember you are coming home to be looked after, not care for others.

Shower the night before. Do not use make-up or wear mascara as this will get into your eyes or body moisturisers as these interfere with markings and dressings. Leave valuables and jewellery at home. Bring a credit card and your own music to the hospital.

Wear loose shoes without laces and a loose fitting top (preferably buttons at the front so that it does not need to go over the head). You will require an appropriate support sports bra with no under-wire. The best types are those that can be fastened at the front.

Make sure the person taking you to and from hospital knows how to get there and leaves plenty of time and knows where to park. Allow for the morning rush hour. Remember that you will need someone to be with you for at least the first 24 hours following surgery.

Things you should know

  1. The Best Patient: has taken time to research the facts and realises that just because her friend had it done, she will not be the same. It will improve your self-confidence if you do it for yourself but not if you do it for someone else.
  2. The Best Surgeons: they have fewer complications; they take time and are thorough with their consultation, the operation and the aftercare.
  3. The Best Insurance: All surgeons have to be insured, not all insurances are the same; ask for Surgery Shield. If you are doing this through a company, ask what insurance they have and read the small print. You don’t want to be left like many PIP patients without any comeback.
  4. The Best Technique: There are proven best ways of doing this operation i.e. quicker recovery with less hardening. The ABBA technique involves a Sub Mammary incision an under the muscle pocket, antibiotic washes and antibiotics for five days and no drains.
  5. The Best Implants: They are not all the same. Ask your surgeon why he recommends the particular prosthesis he is going to use. Most of them have guarantees but what is important for you is who pays the hospital and medical costs for replacement.
  6. The Best Sizing: 3D computer modelling is best. All breasts are asymmetric, they are sisters not twins. The larger you go, the more complications there will be.
  7. The Best Recovery: The ABBA technique is proven to get you back to normal activity including driving and washing your hair quickest. The operation takes time and care; so many surgeons don’t do it.
  8. The Best Long Term Care: Will your surgeon or company be around in ten years’ time? Several large companies involved in the PIP implant scandal have gone into voluntary liquidation and re-opened using virtually the same name to avoid any obligations to their patients. Read the small print!
  9. The Best Value: You get what you pay for. You and your body deserve the best. Paying the most does not guarantee the best result. Paying the least certainly doesn’t guarantee the best result. With interest free loans remember you pay one way or the other. Look for the best value, which may not be the cheapest.
  10. The Happiest Patient: will have done her research thoroughly, understands there are the possibility of complications, has chosen the best surgeon and remains optimistic and enthusiastic.

Simply Better Breasts owned by Surgeons is simply the best.

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