Breast Augmentation

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Breast Augmentation

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Planning your breast augmentation should be an exciting experience, but it’s normal to feel a little anxious, too. Whether you’re just in the beginning stages of planning your procedure or you’ve already set the date in your calendar, good preparation is key to getting the beautiful, natural-looking results you want and having a smooth, seamless procedure and recovery.

Not sure where to start? This guide will walk you through how to prep for breast augmentation surgery, step by step.

Step 1: Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon

First and foremost, you’re going to want to put some time and research into choosing your cosmetic surgeon. Obviously, if you want breast enhancement surgery, pick a professional who has ample experience in that area. Look for before and after photos on their website, read online reviews and check off medical training, residency programs and other important qualifications during your search.

When you’ve narrowed it down to one or two cosmetic surgeons with whom you might be interested in working, schedule an office visit. Use this time to ask questions, check out the office and exam rooms and gauge how comfortable you feel with this particular cosmetic surgeon.

Step 2: Make Sure Breast Augmentation Is Right for You

The next step is to make sure that breast augmentation is the right procedure for you. A good place to start is by flat-out asking your cosmetic surgeon if you’re a good candidate for breast enhancement during your consultation. Based on your needs, wish list and physical examination, he or she should be able to give you a good idea about whether or not breast implants are right for you.

Never get cosmetic surgery for someone else. Your own needs and wants should be the sole motivation for getting breast implants.

Step 3: Establish a Healthy Routine

Now that you’ve picked a cosmetic surgeon and have decided to move forward with breast enhancement, it’s time to get started adopting healthy habits to maximize your results and minimize the risk of complications.

Establish a healthy exercise schedule and eating habits. Your diet should be full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and water.

If you smoke, you’ll need to kick this habit at least several weeks before cosmetic surgery, but ideally even more in advance than that.

Step 4: Make Post-Surgery Arrangements

In the days and weeks leading up to your procedure, there are lots you can do to prepare, like:

  • Schedule time off work
  • Arrange for someone to drive you to and from your procedure
  • Arrange for extra help with kids and pets in the first few days of recovery after breast augmentation
  • Get grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning and other household chores done
  • Prepare a relaxing and comfortable recovery space for when you get home.
  • Cook a batch or two of reheatable meals to pop in your freezer for later
  • Fill prescriptions ahead of time

Step 5: Get Ready for Surgery Day

When the big day rolls around, stay calm and relaxed — you’ve done all the necessary preparation, so you can rest assured that everything is in order. A few tips for the day of your breast augmentation are:

  • Wear comfy clothing, preferably a zip-up or button-down top
  • Don’t apply any makeup, deodorant or perfume
  • Bring all of your medications with you to surgery
  • Bring a list of any last-minute questions you want to ask your cosmetic surgeon
  • Breathe and relax!


Your Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Breast Augmentation
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Have questions about how to prep for breast augmentation surgery? Cosmetic surgeon Dr. James Koehler of Fairhope, Alabama provides a helpful guide.
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