You’ve chosen a surgeon, and spent time figuring out which breast implant is right for you. You decided on the incision site, undergone all of the pre-operative testing like a mammogram, and are waiting patiently for your scheduled operation. But you may be wondering; what will happen on the day of your surgery?

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Breast augmentations are often out-patient procedures, performed under general or local anesthesia. They may be carried out in a hospital or in a free-standing clinic. Because augmentations are generally out-patient procedures, it is important for you to have someone with you to drive you home after the procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns before or on the day of your surgery, it is important to speak with your surgeon about your concerns. In addition to this information, your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions to follow before your procedure.

Before Your Surgery

  • No eating or drinking anything except water after midnight the day before your surgery. This request is standard with most surgeries that require anesthesia.
  • Shower before your surgery using antibacterial soap, but do not use lotions, body sprays, or deodorant to prevent cross-contamination.
  • If you have your fingers painted, clean the polish off.

At The Clinic

  • A nurse will take all of your vital signs like blood pressure and pulse. The nurse will double-check the type of surgery that you are having done.
  • You will be moved to a pre-operation room where they will prepare you for surgery.
  • You will speak with the anesthesiologist and your surgeon. Your surgeon will use a marker to draw lines on your body where the incisions will be made. This guide ensures that the surgery will be performed the way that you have been told.
  • The doctor will answer any final questions that you have, and the nurses and anesthesiologist will begin a sedation IV if you are receiving local anesthesia or the general anesthesia IV.
  • After anesthesia has been administered, you will be taken to the operating room. Most breast augmentations take approximately one hour.
  • After the operation is complete, you will be taken to a recovery room. Here, the anesthesia will wear off and the nurses will monitor your pain levels. You may be given some light food (crackers, toast, tea, or water) to break the pre-surgical fast.
  • When you have recovered from the anesthesia, you will be given written instructions for caring for the incision and a prescription for painkillers.
  • You will schedule an appointment in about a week to remove the stitches, and then be discharged to the care of the prearranged person. Some doctors and patients prefer to have patients stay overnight, but most go home on the same day as the procedure.

Surgery can be a nerve-wracking experience, even when it is not a medical emergency. Being comfortable with your surgeon and knowing what to expect can relieve some of the common anxieties about having a breast augmentation or other related procedure.