The night before breast augmentation surgery, you might feel a swirl of emotions: probably lots of excitement and perhaps some nerves. No matter how you feel on the inside, make sure that you are prepped and ready for your big day with these tips from Dr. Rob Kessler, a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach.
Take Care of Last-Minute Details
Take care of those last-minute niggling details so you can start to unwind and relax. Double-check that you have someone to drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure. Shop for nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals, and on your way home from the grocery store, stop at the pharmacy to fill your prescriptions. Do a load of laundry so you have plenty of clean towels, washcloths and loose clothing to wear during recovery.
Pack Your Hospital Bag
You don’t need to bring much to the hospital or surgery center. Make sure you have your ID and glasses (if you usually wear contact lenses). The night before surgery, lay out a comfortable outfit with loose-fitting clothing. A button-up or zip-up top or sweater is recommended. You might also want to lay out some comfortable socks and shoes that are easy to slip on for the car ride home.
Prep Your Skin
You might be given a special antibacterial soup to wash with the night before surgery. This reduces your risk of developing an infection from bacteria on your skin. Wash your entire body with the soap. Do not shave or apply any lotions, creams or perfumes after your shower.
Eat a Light Meal
You will probably have to fast for about 12 hours prior to your surgery. For your last meal before surgery, pick foods that are light and easily digestible. Avoid heavy, spicy foods and alcohol. Ask Dr. Kessler when you should stop drinking liquids and whether you can have a few sips of water in the morning to take your medications (if applicable).
Get to Bed Early
Climb into bed early with a good book or relaxing movie. It’s common to feel excited and a bit anxious, but try to get a good night’s rest. If you have an early surgery, set a few alarms so you don’t oversleep.
Contact Dr. Rob Kessler
If you have questions about any of these tips or the pre-operative instructions we have given you, please don’t hesitate to call our Newport Beach plastic surgery office. We are happy to help!