Cosmetic Surgery Tip #34: Participate in relaxation techniques

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Listening to relaxation tapes or soothing music, taking a yoga or meditation class are examples of relaxation techniques that help to reduce stress.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #4: Understand the risks

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There are risks associated with every cosmetic procedure, however non-invasive they may be. During the consultation stage your plastic surgeon should be open and honest with you about the potential risks or dangers involved. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, particularly if there is something that concerns you or that you do not understand.  Any practitioner who claims there are no risks involved in the procedure is not to be trusted.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #13: You can try on different boob sizes before deciding on one

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Using “sizers” in the form of  breast implants or a rice-filled stockings, you can stuff your bra to give you an idea of the size you might like.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #20: Any breast surgery can have a small effect on breast cancer screening in the future

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Breast health is important. Before the surgery, have a proper breast exam with your GP or gynaecologist. If you’re of age, get a mammogram. Most mammographers don’t have an issue if the implant is placed behind the muscle, but it is important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon. The x-rays used for mammographic imaging of the breasts cannot penetrate silicone or saline implants well enough to image the overlying or underlying breast tissue. Therefore, some breast tissue (approximately 25%) will not be seen on the mammogram, as it will be covered up by the implant. In order to visualise as much breast tissue as possible, women with implants undergo additional views as well as the standard images taken during diagnostic mammography. In these additional x-ray pictures, called Eklund technique or implant displacement (ID) views, the implant is pushed back against the chest wall and the breast is pulled forward over it. This allows better imaging of the forward most part of each breast. Sometimes it is more difficult to perform the Eklund technique in women who have severe scar tissue or capsular contracture and women who have very dense or fibrous breasts. Implants placed above the muscle can also make it more difficult to determine microcalcifications. Scar tissue around the capsule can be difficult to differentiate from calcification, which could be associated with cancer and thereby require an actual biopsy. The ID views are easiest to obtain in a women whose implants are placed underneath (behind) the chest muscle.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #9: Understand the recovery process

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Being fully informed about the recovery process is vital so that you can prepare yourself in advance. Patients often neglect to think about many important post-op factors: Is it a day-surgery procedure? Will you need assistance leaving the hospital or facility? How should you travel home? Will you be in pain? Do you need to take time off work? What does the post-operative care entail?  When are the post-operative follow up visits?  There are a number of factors to take into consideration and your plastic surgeon should discuss all of these thoroughly with you in advance.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #22: Augmented breasts will affect your posture just like the weight of natural breasts would

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The weight difference between equal volumes of saline, silicone, and breast tissue is slim to none, so a natural C cup and an augmented C cup are very similar in weight. If you choose an implant size proportional to your frame, you will see little effect on your posture. However, if you choose large implants, you will feel the effects.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #27: Do not take Aspirin or Aspirin-Containing Products

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Aspirin is not recommended prior to surgery because it is an anti-coagulant (blood thinner) and can promote bleeding during surgery.  Aspirin therapy should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #17: Reconsider having breast augmentation with a strong family history of breast cancer, are obese, or smoke

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All these factors increase risks and complications during and after surgery. If you have any significant medical issues, you need to be evaluated by your GP or specialist and cleared before having cosmetic breast surgery.

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Cosmetic Surgery tip #28: Do not drink alcohol 72 hours prior/after cosmetic surgery

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Alcohol suppresses the immune system and should be avoided around the time of cosmetic surgery.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #25: Schedule cosmetic surgery when you’re healthy

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If you are planning cosmetic surgery, try to schedule it during a period of relatively good health.  This will give your immune system the best chance toward a speedy recovery.  Many patients find scheduling their surgery at the year-end ideal when they can bridge a few days off with paid vacation time.

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