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Tips To Prepare For Your Breast Reduction Surgery

For many women, having large breasts is a burden that can lead to several potential health issues. For example, the weight of large breasts can cause severe upper back and neck pain. Large breasts can also make it difficult to find flattering clothing and can have a devastating impact on a woman's self-esteem. Whatever the reason you are considering breast reduction surgery, it is important to know how to prepare yourself to undergo this life-changing procedure. Here are a few things you can do to get ready for breast reduction surgery.

Attend Your Preoperative Appointment

Your doctor will schedule a preoperative appointment to discuss the surgery, perform tests, and give you preoperative instructions. During this appointment, your surgeon will take measurements and photos of your breasts, discuss your expectations for the procedure, and schedule a mammogram. You will also be provided with a list of medications you should stop taking before the procedure.

For example, you will be asked to stop taking aspirin, blood-thinning medications, and certain herbal supplements that can impact your surgeon's ability to control blood loss during the surgery.

Prepare For Your At-Home Recovery

After your surgery, you will be sore, and your breasts will be bandaged. Additionally, you will have drainage tubes that will drain fluid from the incision. You will need to empty this bag a few times a day. Additionally, you will have limited mobility and will not be able to lift heavy objects for several days or weeks.

Your doctor will recommend a bra that you can wear after the surgery and provide you with medications, such as pain medications and antibiotics to prevent post-surgical infection. Pick up these medications, the bras, and anything else you will need to rest at home after the surgery. This includes easy-to-prepare meals, magazines, water and juice, and other items that will allow you to stay in bed and relax.

Inform Your Employer

Finally, talk to your employer and tell them you are undergoing a procedure and will be off of work for at least a few days to a couple of weeks. The nature of your job will determine how much time you will need off. For example, if you have a career that involves heavy lifting or being on your feet for several hours a day, you may need more time off.

Properly preparing for your breast reduction surgery can help ensure you are able to heal comfortably at home and that you understand what to expect during and after the surgery.