Prior to the SurgeryThe patient should ideally complete the following tasks as part of preparation ahead of the scheduled date of breast reduction plastic surgery:
- Arrange to send the past health records from the physician and specialist to the office of the surgeon for their review.
- Prepare a list of current prescription and non-prescription drugs, including herbal supplements and vitamins, to show to the surgeon.
- Getting any lab tests, x-rays or mammograms done as advised by the surgeon.
- Alter the schedule of current prescription drugs in consultation with the doctor, if required by the surgeon.
- Stop smoking for a certain time period prior to the breast reduction surgery, as per the surgeon’s instructions.
- Complete any pressing tasks at home or office well in advance to ensure a stress-free recovery.
- Arrange for a responsible person to drive the patient back home after breast reduction surgery.
- Arrange for aftercare, if necessary, for the first few days after the surgery.
A Day before the SurgeryA few simple guidelines can be followed just a day before the breast reduction procedure. The staff at the surgeon’s office may provide written or oral instructions to the patient as follows:
- Obtain sufficient rest and have a good night’s sleep before the day of surgery. This is not the time to be staying up late partying with friends and getting drunk. This is also not the time to load up on pizza, cake, and potato chips.
- If general anesthesia is involved, do not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours prior to the surgery.
- Do not consume alcohol for 48 hours prior to the scheduled time of surgery.
- Avoid wearing any makeup, body piercings, jewelry, or contact lenses on the day of the surgery.
- Preferably wear comfortable and loose fitting clothes on way to the surgery center. The top should have buttons or a zip in the front.
- Diabetic patients should get their vital parameters checked on the morning of the surgery.