Breast Implant Surgery Preparing

female preparing for breast surgery

Although the procedure itself will be performed by your expert surgical team at Queen City Plastic Surgery, you’ll want to prepare yourself first. This type of surgical procedure is low-risk, but it is still surgery. So you’ll need to take it seriously and make sure that you prepare properly to obtain the very best outcome possible.

Making Preparations

The more prepared and organized you are before your breast implant surgery, the more you’ll be able to focus on both the surgical procedure and the recovery phase that occurs later.

Here are a few items to help you plan for your breast implant surgery so that you enjoy a smooth and fast recovery:

  • Have someone available to drive you to and from our facility.
  • Plan for a friend or family member to stay with you and help you in the first few days after your procedure.
  • If you have children, make plans for them to be cared for during those first few recovery days.
  • If you smoke, stop smoking for a few weeks before your breast implant surgery.

A couple of other key points: It is extremely helpful to create a recovery area for yourself, as you definitely won’t feel like doing it after you return home from surgery. Set it up with comfortable seating and everything needed within reach if possible.

Another thing that can be very helpful is to cook some of your favorite meals at home and put them in containers inside your fridge. You’ll be in no condition to stand over your stove and cook after you return home from surgery.

The Day of Your Surgery

Breast implant surgeries do not typically require an overnight hospital stay. Patients are normally sent home to recover after recovering from the anesthesia. It is helpful to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes so that you are as comfortable as possible after your surgery.

You may be provided postoperative clothing to offer support for your breasts. 

Depending upon the exact type of breast surgery that you are undergoing, you may either stay all day or one night, at a hospital.

Recovering at Home

To ensure that you recover quickly and without complications, make sure that you carefully follow all of your surgeon’s postoperative instructions. It is normal to experience some degree of swelling and bruising in the area of surgery. You may also experience a sensation of tightness in your chest.

The amount of time that it takes to recover from breast implant surgery varies from patient to patient. You should be able to get up and move around immediately after your breast implant procedure. Within six weeks of your procedure, you should be able to resume a full range of activities. As long as your job does not involve heavy lifting, you should be able to return to work within two weeks.

The Bottom Line

Although it is never taken lightly, breast implant surgery is considered to be practically routine among plastic surgeons. It is normally quite safe with a low rate of complications. By thoughtfully preparing for your procedure, you are giving yourself the best chance of obtaining the very best possible results.


If you still have questions about any aspect of the tummy tuck procedure, feel free to contact Queen City Plastic Surgery of Charlotte today.

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