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The following instructions are essential to a safe experience and good outcome from your breast reduction surgery. Use this as a checklist as you approach your surgery date. This is essential to your health and safety. There may be several weeks between your decision to have surgery and your actual surgical date. During this time there are several important considerations.

Practice Proper fitness

You need not engage an aggressive or new fitness routine; however practicing good fitness habits is an important factor in your overall health and well-being. Upper body stretches and low-weight strength training now, can help to enhance your posture and your strength in the weeks following your plastic surgery. Most importantly, don’t over-do it. Avoid anything strenuous or that could potentially cause injury to your shoulders, back, pectoral muscles, arms or upper body.

Pre-operative testing

Make certain to schedule ALL of the pre-operative testing and clearance you have been given.

Relax and enjoy life

Stress and anxiety over life’s daily events, and even your planned surgery can affect you. While some anxiety is common, any serious stress, or distress over the thought of surgery is something you must discuss with our office. We are here to support you and answer all of your questions. We want your decision to be one made with confidence.

Your post-surgery bra

Surgical garments will be provided to you at the time of your surgery, so you don’t need to shop for a post-surgery bra. However, if you choose to purchase additional garments on your own, keep in mind:

  • no under wires
  • elastic cotton or other breathable unpadded fabric with good full-cup coverage and support
  • wide, well-balanced shoulder straps and wide supportive band across the back and beneath the breasts
  • front-closure, if possible

Fill your prescriptions

These will be sent to your pharmacy approximately one week before surgery.

  • Aspirin and medications containing aspirin
  • Ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory agents
  • Vitamin E
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Garlic Supplements
  • Green Tea or green tea extracts
  • Estrogen supplements
  • Oral contraceptives / birth control


Call our office with any unusual anxiety or concerns. Get plenty of rest. If you have trouble sleeping, call our office.

Please bring the following items for the day of your surgery:

  • All paperwork
  • Your identification (e.g. driver’s license)
  • All prescription medications
  • Reading glasses
  • Your insurance card

Confirm your route to and from surgery, with the responsible adult who will drive you.

Also confirm plans with your 24-hour support person and make certain he or she has all of your post-operative instructions.

Shower as directed

Use an anti-bacterial, fragrance-free soap. Shampoo your hair. Do not use any scented skin creams or moisturizers.

Do not eat or drink anything after 12 AM (midnight) the day before surgery

Anything more than a small amount of water as needed for brushing teeth or swallowing medication may result in the need to cancel surgery. This includes candy, gum, and mints.

Dress appropriately on the day of the surgery.

  • Do not wear cosmetics, jewelry of any kind, contact lenses, hair clips, body piercing: (If there is something you cannot remove, let the admitting nurse know right away.)
  • Wear comfortable, clean, loose-fitting clothing: Wear only a top that zips or buttons up the front. Do not wear pullovers, turtlenecks or any tight fitting top or bottom. You may wear a robe. Wear slip on shoes. Wear clean cotton socks, as the operating room can feel cool.

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