Breast Reduction - Preparation

Did your doctor ask you to lose weight before your breast reduction procedure? What did you do to prepare for surgery?

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How to prepare for the breast reduction

You need to be in good physical shape to ensure proper healing, so follow your surgeon's instructions on vitamins you can take before and after the surgery. Likewise, it's very important to eat well-balanced meals. This is no time for a diet!

During your preoperative consultation, your surgeon will ask about your habits, including whether you smoke or what medications you take. You may have to quit smoking for a period before and after surgery to ensure proper healing. You may also be asked to lose weight because being overweight can increase your risk for complications after breast reduction.

Likewise, you also may have to cease taking certain medications, such as aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin or Aleve. Your surgeon will instruct you on this.

Before you undergo surgery, you'll need to get your home ready for your recovery. This should include:

  • Plenty of ice
  • Gauze and clean washcloths and towels
  • Loose, comfortable t-shirts and blouses
  • Soft bras. Your surgeon can recommend where to buy these
  • Special ointments or creams as recommended by your surgeon for incision site
  • Telephone within reaching distance of your primary rest area
  • Magazines, movies, or other quiet forms of relaxation.
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