Once you have decided to undergo breast surgery, you need to be sure you understand what will happen before, during and after your procedure. St. Louis, Missouri cosmetic surgeon Richard L. Kofkoff, M.D. places great importance on his communication with you. It is through this communication that he makes sure you are as prepared as possible for your surgical procedure.
Before Your Breast Surgery
Dr. Kofkoff and his team believe that a successful surgical experience begins with thorough preparation prior to your procedure. As you approach the day of your procedure you will have had the opportunity to review your goals and concerns with Dr. Kofkoff in detail. You will also have received an informational packet that outlines your instructions for preparing for surgery as well as care following your procedure. You should review this carefully and ask any questions that you may have.
Make any arrangements that are necessary for transportation as well as care of children and other responsibilities. This will put you at ease as you approach the day of your surgery. Being prepared will enable you to feel confident, comfortable and secure about yourself and your procedure as you begin the process of cosmetic surgery.
The Day of Your Breast Surgery
In order to prepare for your breast surgery, you must avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight prior to your surgery. You should bring loose clothing to wear after your surgery and remove all jewelry prior to arriving for your procedure. You will also need to have someone drive you home after your surgery because you will be groggy and somewhat disoriented due to the anesthesia.
Be sure you have Dr. Kofkoff's phone number as well as all instructions and medications easily accessible when you return home. It is advisable to have someone stay with you for the first evening to ensure you are settled in and do not have any problems.
After Your Breast Surgery
Through Dr. Kofkoff's Rapid Recovery technique, the discomfort, bruising and swelling you experience will be greatly reduced. However, it is still important to exercise a few preventative measures to make your recovery easier on yourself:
- Take all of your medications as directed
- Follow all of Dr. Kofkoff's instructions
- Have clothes that are easy to put on and take off
- Use ice packs for breast discomfort (do not use heat except for back discomfort)
- Allow yourself a lot of time for rest
- Be prepared for mood swings
Adhering to all of this advice and following Dr. Kofkoff’s instructions will help you during your recovery and make your breast surgery experience easier. Dr. Kofkoff and his dedicated team of professionals take pride in caring for the needs of our patients before, during and after any plastic surgery procedure. Your health, satisfaction and overall well-being remain our top priority.
To learn more about our breast augmentation procedures, please contact our St. Louis, Missouri cosmetic surgery office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kofkoff.