Undergoing such an important physical transformation can be exciting, but it can also be a bit scary. In situations like these, it can be a big help to have some idea of what will happen and what you should expect before, during, and after your procedure.
When preparing your body for any major surgery, it’s important to be as healthy as you possibly can be to help prevent complications and ensure that you will heal well and quickly. Your surgeon will likely tell you to stop smoking at least two weeks before your procedure, as well as providing you with a list of foods and medications to avoid. It’s extremely important to follow these directions as they are intended to prevent complication and reaction with the anesthesia.
But even before the last two weeks, it’s beneficial to take your health to heart. Cut back on alcoholic beverages, eat healthy, and maintain an active lifestyle. This procedure provides you with an excellent opportunity to start taking care of your body, and getting into a routine before your procedure will help you heal faster and get back on your feet once recovered.
Unlike cosmetic procedures, top surgery is much more than a simple physical transformation for many patients, and it’s important to spend the time to prepare yourself not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
The Day of Surgery
Before beginning the procedure, you will have some time to sit down with the doctor and choose your nipple size and placement. Be sure to express to your surgeon what your ideal chest looks like, and take the time to consider your decisions as this is a permanent change that you will want to be happy with for years to come. Although each body differs and surgeons may not be able to achieve your desired image, giving them direction will help them work towards your goals as must as possible.
As the procedure is performed under general anesthetic, you will need to ensure that you have a ride home as you will be too groggy to drive. Most patients report that they sleep a good deal of the first day, so it is wise to find a friend or family member who can help you get home and settled in for your recovery.
Following your procedure, the surgeon will explain how to empty the drains (if drains are used) and change bandages. You may feel groggy, nauseous, tired, and cold depending on your reaction to the anesthetic, but this is normal. Patients in the peak of health often report fewer side effects from the anesthetic, but each person’s experience will differ.
One of the most frequent topics that emerges when discussing top surgery is the level of pain experienced during recovery. While some pain is to be expected, many patients have reported that it was not as painful as they anticipated, and that they experienced more discomfort simply from being bandaged for a prolonged period of time than from the actual healing.
As each patient’s threshold for pain is quite different, this is a very subjective experience but pain medication will be provided to use as necessary throughout the healing process.
If you have questions or concerns about your pending surgery, your surgeon will be happy to answer them. Call us today to set up a consultation and we’ll do our best to inform you of all preparation and recovery instructions!