You are a good candidate for a breast reduction if you feel that your breasts are too large or if your breasts limit your physical activity. If you experience back, neck, and shoulder pain because your breasts are extremely heavy you may also want to consider this procedure. Often if you have shoulder indentations from bra straps, or your skin gets irritated easily underneath the crease of your breasts, then you would also make an excellent candidate for a breast reduction. So, what are the steps you can take to prepare for your breast reduction procedure?
- Stop taking any aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory drugs that lead to increased bleeding.
- If you are a smoker, quit smoking at least six weeks before surgery to give your body its best chance of healing.
- If you drink alcohol, limit your intake to less than 2 to 3 drinks per week.
- Prepare easy, low-sodium meals beforehand so you won’t have to worry about cooking post-surgery.
- Store any necessary items you’ll need afterward in an easily accessible location. Don’t place things too high or too low as they will be hard to get to.
- Make a pile of good books to read, movies to watch, or a stack of things that you enjoy doing in your leisure time that doesn’t require a lot of motion.
- If you have young children, assign someone to care for them for 1-2 weeks after surgery. You cannot do any laundry, cleaning, or cooking after a breast reduction surgery.
As with any major surgery or procedure, it’s a good idea to be over prepared than underprepared. At Rowley Plastic Surgery in Lubbock, Dr. Jane Rowley talks to all of her patients thoroughly about each procedure and how to prepare for it. Contact her office today to find out more.