Depending on your age, or if you have a history of breast cancer in your family, your plastic surgeon may recommend a baseline mammogram before surgery and another mammographic examination some months after surgery. This will help to detect any future changes in your breast tissue. Following breast reduction, you will still be able to perform breast self-examination. Breast reduction surgery will not increase your risk of developing breast cancer.
If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.
Breast reduction surgery may be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis. If you are to stay in the hospital or surgical facility, it will most likely be for only one night. Whether you are released the day of surgery or the following day, you will need someone to drive you home and to stay with you for the next day or two.
Weeks before... Your safety is our priority. In the weeks before your breast reduction surgery, a general medical examination with laboratory tests to evaluate your overall health will be conducted. It is important to be honest and openly disclose all aspects of your general medical health in this confidential health evaluation. Let us know of any medications, supplements or vitamins you are taking. Advise us if you are a cigarette smoker. Dr Chen Lee will urge you stop smoking at least two weeks prior to breast reduction procedure. Note that it is important to avoid using certain over the counter medications in the two weeks prior to surgery. To optimize your surgery and recovery, we have attached this list as a "to do/avoid" start point in the preparation weeks prior to your Montreal breast reduction.
- stop smoking! - smoking increases complications and leads to poor scars
- eat a balanced diet - a diet rich in vitamin C will promote healing
- avoid dietary vitamins and supplements
- avoid herbal medicines
- avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin - 2 weeks prior to your surgery
- continue prescription medications (unless advised otherwise)
Days before... The goal is to create a peaceful receptive home environment that is conducive to healing and recovery. The following are items to consider in the days before your Montreal breast reduction. Take care of last minute errands. Rent some favorite movies. Fill out prescription medications in advance. If you live alone, you may want to stock your shelves with plenty of food. Consider preparing and storing in the freezer meals for the week. Complete household chores. You will not have interest in cooking, doing household chores, or running errands after your procedure. Secure personal assistance. This will be necessary especially during the first few days after your surgery. Choose your spouse, family member, or close trusted friend. They should dedicate two or more days to your care and needs. Have them plan to accompany you to surgery and to take charge of your safe return home as you will not be able to drive following your Montreal breast reduction.
1 day prior to surgery... Take a shower the night and morning prior to leaving for surgery. You will not have the strength or interest to do so after your procedure. Remove all nail polish from fingers and toes as the polish interferes with the monitor used to measure your oxygen levels during surgery. Do not wear makeup going to your Montreal breast reduction. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your surgery. Having an empty stomach before surgery decreases the risks of anesthesia, so it's very important to follow this rule. If you eat or drink any fluids, your surgery will likely be cancelled and rescheduled. On the morning of surgery, take only the medications that Dr Chen Lee has advised you to take (e.g. heart and blood pressure medication) with a sip of water as soon as you wake up. Contact us if you have a fever or feel ill. Your surgery may need to be postponed. Your health and safety is our first priority.