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The Whys Behind the Dos and Don'ts: Breast Augmentation
Written by Fresh Vancouver   

There are more than a few "dos and donts" of breast augmentation out there, both online and in your surgeon's office. These tips and guidelines are generally universal, but many people aren't sure why they matter.

DO stop smoking at least 2 months before surgery.


Besides the obvious effects on your lungs and respiratory function, smoking affects other systems of your body, as well. Nicotine and other chemicals found in cigarettes increase blood pressure and make it more difficult for your blood vessels to transfer oxygen to your organs. Using tobacco products thickens blood and increases the risk of blood clots; it also undermines your immune system and makes you more susceptible to post-surgical infections.


Surgeons generally recommend quitting smoking for at least 2 months before surgery — but the sooner you can stop, the better. (This doesn't just apply to cosmetic surgery, either. Doctors agree that quitting smoking before any planned procedure has countless health benefits.)


DO sleep on your back for at least 1 week after surgery.


During the initial healing process, breast implants are still somewhat mobile. As the incisions heal and the breast capsule develops around them, they need to be stabilized as much as possible to settle nicely into their intended positions.

Sleeping on your back, rather than your side or stomach, is a simple way to make sure your implants end up exactly where they're supposed to. Plus, keeping pressure off of your breasts will help you feel more comfortable, too.


DON'T fixate on a particular cup size.


Like dress sizes, cup sizes can fluctuate significantly between garment manufacturers — so one company's 34A can be another company's 32B. While it's good to have a mental image of your ideal results, it's not as helpful to your surgeon to insist on a specific cup size. Your surgeon's job is to steer you toward a size that will best match your proportions, not a size that's dictated by a bra.


During your consultation, you'll look at before-and-after photos and talk candidly with your surgeon about your goals. During the planning process, your likely result will become much clearer.


DO have plenty of button-down shirts on hand


After surgery, it's important to avoid heavy lifting, bending, and other movement


s that can hurt your incisions or your new implants. One of the movements you perform every day that should really be avoided is lifting your arms over your head to put on a shirt.

Tops that button in the front — or, even better, tops that wrap — will be your best friends while you recuperate at home, and you'll also be pleasantly surprised by how well you fill them out.


DON'T assume the results you see right after surgery will be permanent.


Breast implants take some time to assume their permanent positions. This settling process is sometimes called "dropping" by patients and surgeons alike. According to Dr. Peter Lennox, who performs breast augmentation in Vancouver, the process is gradual and generally makes a big difference in the appearance of the breasts.

Immediately after surgery, your implants will likely sit rather high on your chest and have a swollen look to them. This is completely normal and simply a product of new volume where there was previously none. Over the weeks and months following your breast augmentation, your implants will drop a bit to a more natural-looking placement on the chest and soften as your skin expands to house them.


Dr. Peter Lennox
1000-777 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z4J7, Canada
(604) 876-6552