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 #19: You can get an areola or nipple reduction

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Oftentimes women who get a breast reduction or lift will also have an areola or nipple reduction so the nipple-areola complex is proportional to the new size of the breast. The area around the nipple is very forgiving when scarring.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #29: Do not smoke 2 weeks prior/after your cosmetic surgery

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Smoke inhibits wound healing because less oxygen is supplied to the body’s cells.  In addition, smoking increases the risk of complications during surgery.  You should be aware that some facial plastic surgeons and plastic surgeons will not perform a facelift on patients who smoke as their wound healing and recovery is inhibited by smoking.

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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 #12: Patients take 5-7 days off work for a breast augmentation (same for reduction)

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You won’t be feeling 100% after that week, but you’ll be in good-enough shape to head back to the office if your job doesn’t require manual labour. However, if the implant is placed behind the muscle instead of on top (many women choose to do this for a more realistic look and less chance of a “scar shell” or capsular contracture forming around the implant), recovery will be a little harder and you might be sore longer.

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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 #3: Consult a love one

Confide in a friend or family member. Their input could be very valuable and they could raise questions that perhaps you had not considered before. Of course, a plastic surgeon must respect doctor-patient confidentiality and if you choose to undergo the procedure without consulting those around you, then this is your choice. Nonetheless, remember that this is a big decision and one which might be easier with the advice and support of a loved one.

Cosmetic Surgery tip #30: Supplement with a natural stool softener

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After surgery, many patients find that they are very constipated for several days which can cause discomfort.  Dehydration, narcotics and anaesthetic agents used during surgery all contribute to the digestive issue.  You can prevent this problem by eating a few prunes each day just prior to and after your surgery.  You can also take medical stool softeners like oral Dulcolax® or Microlax® enema for post-op constipation.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #33: Discontinue taking certain supplements

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Some nutritional supplements may cause adverse reactions during or after cosmetic surgery, including prolonged bleeding, interference with anaesthesia, cardiovascular disturbances, and interactions with prescription drugs.  These supplements including dong quai, echinacea, fish oil caps, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, ephedra, St.John’s Wort, and vitamin E, should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks after surgery.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #7: Don’t strive to look like a celebrity

 

Make sure that you are doing this for the right reasons. There tends to be “trivialisation’’ of certain cosmetic procedures, particularly those that are popular amongst reality TV stars. A cosmetic procedure of any kind is something to consider carefully, and is not a decision to be taken lightly. It is also unrealistic to want to try and emulate someone else’s results. Every individual is different and all cosmetic treatments should take into account, and be sympathetic towards, the individual’s existing body shape. If someone comes in clutching an image of a celebrity then alarms bells should instantly ring for the plastic surgeon. More often than not, they will have unrealistic expectations and if that is the case the plastic surgeon will most likely advise that they don’t go ahead with treatment.