Preoperative anxiety can have you feeling stressed, tense, and worried. To help ease your worries, we have prepared this must-have breast explant preparation checklist to give you the information that will help you prepare adequately pre and post-op.
Reading through this breast explant preparation checklist will help
- To educate yourself
- To stay calm
- To plan properly in advance
- To reduce the chances of adverse side effects
The goal of Bust Bunny is to ease your fear, anxiety and stress by educating you on what to do and expect.
Here’s your breast explant preparation checklist.
1 – Talk to Your Doctor
Talking to your doctor will help you to know what to expect pre and post-op. Your doctor can let you know the recovery time and post-operative instructions
It’s also a perfect time to discuss your breast appearance goals, the risks associated with breast implant removal, and any other questions you may have regarding the procedure.
Your doctor may also carry out an initial evaluation to review your medical history and assess your current health status. This helps to ensure you’re fit to undergo the breast explant and the recovery process.
2 – Practice Breast Massage
Breast massage prior to your breast explant procedure helps to loosen the breast capsule. Follow the instructions given to you by your doctor on how to perform a breast massage.
Most doctors recommend practicing breast massage at least 4 times per day. Avoid doing it vigorously and forcefully so you don’t cause yourself undue discomfort.
Pro Tip: Practicing breast massage after your breast implant removal recovery is also a method for obtaining bigger breasts naturally. You can pair your breast massage with breast enhancement supplements.
3 – Avoid Alcohol Before the Procedure
Most doctors recommend avoiding alcohol for at least 72 hours prior to the breast explant procedure. Alcohol thins the blood making it harder to stop any unexpected excessive bleeding during the procedure.
Additionally, alcohol may compromise your immune system, increasing your risk for infections and other complications post-procedure.
Allow your body time to process all the alcohol and rebuild the depressed immune system.
4 – Avoid Smoking
Smoking impairs the healing of wounds, which increases the risk of infection, and also compromises your immunity.
Avoid using tobacco or being around anyone who smokes for at least a month prior to your breast explant procedure. Additionally, you should avoid the following nicotine-related products for a minimum of 6 weeks pre-op:
- Nicotine patches
If you’re unable to stop smoking before the procedure, inform your doctor and reschedule. After your procedure, avoid taking tobacco-related products until your doctor tells you it’s safe.
5 – Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle
In the weeks before your breast explant procedure, adopt a healthier diet to boost your immunity and prepare your body for smooth healing. Eat foods that are rich in protein, such as eggs, chicken, and meat.
Make sure to also consume some vitamin C-rich foods such as:
- Kiwi fruit
- Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach
- Brussels sprouts
Zinc supplements or zinc-rich foods like shrimp, lamb, quinoa, turkey, cashew nuts, and lentils also aid in healing. Also, hydrating and exercising also gives your body the extra boost it needs to undergo the procedure and recovery.
Pro Tip: Stock up on healthy frozen meals before the procedure. Ensure that food products, such as juice, milk, and water, are in small containers because heavy ones will be too heavy for you to lift.
6 – Don’t Take Blood Thinning Medications
Blood thinning medications may increase your risk of bleeding. Avoid taking medications with ibuprofen and aspirin 14 days pre-op and at least 2 days post-op.
Other blood thinning medications, foods, and products you should avoid:
- Estrogen supplements and birth control pills
- Vitamin E
- Garlic supplements
- St. John’s wort
- Herbal teas like green tea
- Ginger supplements
- Ginkgo biloba
Your doctor will let you know which drugs to avoid so continue taking your prescribed medication unless otherwise advised by your doctor. You can ask your doctor any medication-related questions you might have.
7 – Plan to Have a Support Person
Since you’ll be required to relax and refrain from any strenuous activity post-op, have someone to tend to you.
You’ll need someone to drive you to and from the breast explant procedure as your range of motion will be restricted making driving dangerous.
You’ll also require assistance with various hospital and house-related chores both before and after the procedure. You’ll need someone to do the following:
- Fill in your prescriptions
- Receive instructions for your care
- Take you to your first post-op checkup
With this in mind, consider getting someone who can be with you for at least 24 hours a day, seven days a week until you’re fully recovered.
Pro Tip: Be sure to get a list of phone numbers, especially emergency numbers, for your helper.
8 – Practice Proper Hygiene and Dress Appropriately Pre and Post-op
Shower the night before and in the morning of your breast explant procedure. Most doctors recommend using antibacterial soap.
Wash your chest and underarms thoroughly. Wax or shave your underarms as doing it post-op can be extremely uncomfortable.
Products to avoid after showering the morning of the procedure include:
- Scented skin creams
- Hair spray
- Nail polish
During post-op consider wearing button-down or loose fitting shirts, loose pants, and slip-on shoes because you’ll not be able to lift your hands or bend at the waist.
Additionally, have the following items ready and within reach for when you come home:
- Night clothes
- Several house robes
- Several pairs of socks
Get a hand sanitizer since you might have trouble washing your hands due to the restricted range of movement, especially if you’ll be changing your dressings.
9 – Practice Sleeping on Your Back
Sleeping on your back is the most comfortable position post-procedure. Most doctors recommend sleeping on the back for at least 8 to 12 weeks post-op.
This decreases the risk of putting excessive pressure on your incisions, which could prevent them from healing.
You may sleep on your side as long as you don’t toss and turn. Sleeping on a recliner or placing several pillows or towels around you can help with this.
10 – Get a Comfortable Compression or Support Bra
A compression bra holds the breasts tight to your body, which helps to limit their movement. It keeps your breasts in one spot until they’re completely healed while also protecting your incisions from being rubbed.
Consider a bra that clasps in the front as it will will be easy to wear and take off. More importantly, you won’t have to move your hands as much when wearing or removing it.
Remember to wear your support bra according to the recommended time-frame. This prevents the risk of having a more extended recovery period.
Pro Tip: After some time, your support bra may feel loose. If this happens, replace it because you’ll still need that added support as you continue to heal.
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Do’s and Don’ts Post Surgery
Here’s a table of the do’s and don’ts for the next several weeks after your breast explant:
|The Do’s||The Don’ts|
|Resume walking at a gentle pace||Drive until you can handle the steering wheel without discomfort|
|Go back to work in 1 to 6 weeks (average time is 2 weeks) depending on your work activity||Lift more than 5 pounds or bend at the waist to lift for 2 weeks|
|Report signs of infection||Engage in sexual activity for at least 1 week|
What Next After Recovery?
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- Breast enhancement exercises
- Breast enhancement foods
- Breast enhancement supplements
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