- STOP SMOKING. You must stop smoking eight weeks before surgery and refrain from smoking for at least eight weeks after surgery. Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and can cause major healing complications and increase the risk of capsular contracture. Additionally, smoking reduces the collagen and elastin in your skin and causes breasts to droop faster. If you are a current or recent smoker, you will be required to complete the Smoking Consent Form prior to your procedure.
- Keep yourself in good physical shape good nutrition and regular exercise are important. Some gym-inclined patients also find that doing exercises to target and strengthen their back and stomach muscles was beneficial during their recovery period.
- Make sure you have a support person organised. Your support person will collect you from the hospital and is required to stay with you for the 24 hours after your procedure. If you are unable to organise a support person, you can contact Nursing Agency Australia 1300 422 247. Any costs associated with a support person are your responsibility.
Breast Surgery Patients
- No dental work (including teeth cleaning and filings) is allowed for at least six weeks prior to and six weeks after surgery. Please advise your dentist and Dr Chinsee of any future dental work as you may require prophylactic antibiotics.
- If you are over 38 years old, you will need to organise a routine mammogram. Please send these results to the clinic by fax on(07) 3831 6915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Weeks Before
- No spray tans until after surgery – your skin needs to be clean and tan-free to prevent residual product ending up in the incisions on surgery day. You may resume tanning two weeks after surgery but make sure you avoid the dressing area. If you have had breast surgery, be careful lifting your arms above your head.
- No blood-thinning medications, including Aspirin, Ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen), Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatories, Vitamin E, Gingko Biloba or Fish Oil.
- Discontinue herbal medications as they may affect blood clotting, interfere with the anaesthetic, or affect blood pressure. This includes Vitamin E.
- Discontinue all diet medications (prescription and over the counter).
- No illegal drugs.
Promote Healing and Help Bruising
- Start taking a daily multivitamin and arnica tablets and continue for six weeks after your surgery.
- This is a recommendation, not a requirement.
One Week Before
- No alcohol one week before and one week after surgery. Alcohol can affect blood clotting.
- Report any signs of infections, colds, rashes or skin sores.
- If you get acrylic nails/nail polish/shellac, make sure you remove the product off one finger on each hand for surgery day.
- Lash extensions can be left on.
- If you need a medical certificate, please contact the clinic prior to your surgery. Dr Chinsee can organise personal and/or carer medical certificates.
The Day of Surgery
Make sure you follow the pre-op instructions that have been given to you by the hospital. This includes NO eating or drinking after midnight, including lollies, chewing gum and sips of water.
- Shower and wash yourself thoroughly – you may brush your teeth.
- Take regular medication with a small sip of water (must be cleared with Dr Chinsee).
- Do not apply any deodorants, makeup, creams, sprays or perfumes.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothes – ideally a button-up or zip-up top.
- Remove all jewellery and piercings.
- Leave your contact lenses at home; bring glasses instead.
- Bring a pillow in the car to hold against your chest on the drive home.
- Visit a bathroom prior to admission to theatre.
Breast Surgery Patients
- You will be given a compression bra on the day of surgery.
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