Getting Ready for Your Breast Augmentation: A Two-Month Guide

Getting a breast augmentation is a big decision, and feeling prepared can make the whole experience smoother and more positive. In this blog, Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jake Lim  is here to walk you through all the essential steps to get you ready for your surgery day and beyond.

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Two Months before Your Breast Augmentation

With two months to go, now’s the time to focus on open communication with Dr Lim and setting yourself up for success. Here’s a closer look at what you can do:

Have that Open Conversation with Dr Lim

Think of this as your chance to clear up any doubts or uncertainties you might have about the breast augmentation surgery. Don’t hesitate to bring a list of questions – no matter how small you think they might be. This is about your body and your peace of mind.

  • Questions about the procedure: Ask about the specific techniques used, the incision location, and what to expect on the day of surgery.
  • Recovery expectations: Discuss the expected recovery timeline, pain management options, and any potential restrictions on your activities.
  • Desired results: Be clear about your aesthetic goals. Bring photos of results you like (and don’t like!) to help Dr Lim understand your vision.

Finalise Your Implant Choice

This is a big decision! Work with Dr Lim to select the implant type, size, and placement that aligns with your body type and desired look.

  • Size and Shape: Consider your natural proportions, frame size, and how you want to look in clothes. Dr Lim can show you different implant sizes and shapes using tools like 3D imaging.
  • Placement: Discuss the pros and cons of different implant placement options (above or below the muscle) to determine the best fit for your anatomy and lifestyle.

Be Upfront About Medications and Supplements

Provide Dr Lim with a complete list of everything you take, including:

  • Prescription medications: Some medications, like blood thinners, may need to be adjusted or temporarily stopped before surgery.
  • Over-the-counter medications: Even common pain relievers can increase bleeding risks, so it’s essential to discuss these with Dr Lim.
  • Vitamins and herbal supplements: Some supplements can interfere with anaesthesia or increase bleeding. Dr Lim will advise you on which ones to stop taking and for how long.

If You Smoke, Now’s the Time to Quit

Smoking has a significant impact on healing and increases the risk of complications during and after surgery. Quitting, even for a few weeks before and after your procedure, can make a real difference. Talk to Dr Lim about resources and support to help you quit.

Embrace a Healthier You

A healthy body recovers better! While you don’t need to become a marathon runner overnight, focus on:

  • Nutritious Eating: A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains will provide your body with the nutrients it needs for optimal healing.
  • Regular Exercise: Engage in moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. This could include brisk walking, swimming, or cycling. Exercise improves circulation, boosts your immune system, and helps you manage stress.
Breast Augmentation Patient 81 - 365cc Round Implants Under Muscle
Breast Augmentation Patient 81 – 365cc Round Implants Under Muscle

Six Weeks before Breast Augmentation Surgery

At the six-week mark, it’s time to shift your focus to practical preparations that will make your post-surgery life easier and more comfortable.

Curate Your Post-Surgery Wardrobe

Comfort is key after surgery! Ditch the tight tops and opt for loose-fitting clothing that won’t rub against your incisions or restrict your movement. Here are some ideas:

  • Button-down shirts or pyjamas: These make getting dressed a breeze, especially when you have limited arm movement.
  • Zip-up hoodies or sweatshirts: Easy to put on and take off, and they provide an extra layer of warmth.
  • Loose-fitting dresses or maxi skirts: Comfortable and flowy, perfect for staying cool and relaxed.
  • Sports bras (as recommended by Dr Lim): You’ll need to wear a supportive bra 24/7 after surgery, so make sure you have a few comfortable options.

Transform Your Recovery Space into a Haven

You’ll be spending a lot of time resting and recuperating, so make your bedroom or living room as comfortable and inviting as possible.

  • Gather pillows and cushions: Use these to prop yourself up in bed or on the sofa, providing support and comfort.
  • Stock up on soft blankets: Perfect for snuggling up and staying warm.
  • Create a bedside or sofa-side station: Keep essentials like your phone, charger, water bottle, snacks, books, magazines, and remote controls within easy reach.
  • Consider a bedside table or tray: This provides a stable surface for drinks, snacks, and other items.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

You’ll need someone to drive you home from the hospital and assist you with basic tasks for the first few days after surgery.

  • Reach out to a trusted friend or family member: Explain your needs and ask if they’re available to help.
  • Be specific about the type of assistance you’ll require: This might include driving, preparing meals, light housework, or running errands.
  • Don’t try to do it all yourself: Accepting help will allow you to focus on resting and recovering.

Tick off Those Pre-Operative Tests

Dr Lim will likely require some pre-operative tests to ensure you’re in good health for surgery.

  • Blood tests: These assess your overall health and check for any underlying medical conditions.
  • Mammogram or breast ultrasound: These imaging tests provide a baseline assessment of your breast tissue.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): This test checks your heart rhythm and electrical activity.

By addressing these practical matters now, you can approach your surgery date feeling organised and prepared, allowing you to focus on your recovery and the exciting changes ahead.

Four Weeks to Go

With one month left, it’s time to fine-tune your pre-surgery routine by focusing on key elements that will support your body’s natural healing process.

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Think of water as your body’s internal cleaning crew. Staying well-hydrated in the weeks leading up to surgery is essential for several reasons:

  • Flushing out toxins: Water helps your body eliminate waste products more efficiently, which is essential for optimal healing.
  • Promoting circulation: Proper hydration supports healthy blood flow, delivering vital nutrients and oxygen to your tissues.
  • Maintaining cell function: Every cell in your body needs water to function correctly.
  • Aiding anaesthesia: Being well-hydrated can help prevent complications related to anaesthesia.

Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day – a good rule of thumb is to aim for eight glasses or more.

Power Up with Protein

Protein is important for all tissues, and your body needs an adequate supply to repair and rebuild after surgery.

  • Include protein in every meal: Good sources of protein include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, lentils, tofu, nuts, and seeds.
  • Consider protein shakes or smoothies: These can be a convenient way to boost your protein intake, especially if you’re struggling to eat enough solid food.
  • Consult a dietitian if needed: If you have specific dietary needs or restrictions, a dietitian can help you create a meal plan that meets your protein requirements.

Keep Moving (Gently)

While you’ll need to avoid strenuous exercise as your surgery date approaches, gentle movement is still beneficial.

  • Light exercise can:
    • Improve circulation
    • Boost your mood
    • Reduce stress and anxiety
    • Help you sleep better
  • Suitable activities include:
    • Walking
    • Swimming (avoiding strokes that strain your chest muscles)
    • Gentle yoga or Pilates (avoiding poses that put pressure on your chest)

Always listen to your body and stop if you feel any pain or discomfort.

Don’t Miss Those Pre-Operative Appointments

Dr Lim’s office might schedule appointments to:

  • Review pre-operative instructions: This might include dietary restrictions, medication adjustments, and skin preparation guidelines.
  • Answer any last-minute questions: This is your chance to address any remaining concerns or uncertainties.
  • Ensure you’re fully prepared: They’ll confirm your surgery date and time and provide any final instructions.

By following these steps, you’re actively participating in your pre-surgery journey, setting the stage for a smoother recovery and optimal results.

Breast Augmentation Patient 42 - 385cc Round Implants
Breast Augmentation Patient 42 – 385cc Round Implants

Two Weeks before Your Breast Augmentation Surgery

With just two weeks until your surgery, it’s all about dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. Here’s how to make sure everything is in place:

Follow Dr Lim’s Instructions

By now, Dr Lim will have given you detailed pre-operative instructions – treat these like gold! They are designed to minimise risks and ensure a smooth surgery and recovery. These instructions may include:

  • Dietary restrictions: You might need to avoid certain foods and drinks, such as those that thin the blood or interfere with anaesthesia. This could include alcohol, caffeine, specific spices, and some supplements.
  • Medication adjustments: Dr Lim will advise you on which medications to continue or temporarily stop taking before surgery.
  • Skin preparation: You might be asked to cleanse your skin with a specific soap or antiseptic solution in the days leading up to surgery to minimise the risk of infection.
  • Fasting requirements: Dr Lim will tell you when to stop eating and drinking before surgery, which is crucial for safe anaesthesia.

Pack Your Hospital Bag

Pack light, but make sure you have the essentials for a comfortable stay:

  • Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing: Think pyjamas, button-down shirts, and slip-on shoes.
  • Toiletries: Pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and any other personal care items you use regularly.
  • Entertainment: Bring a book, magazine, tablet, or headphones to keep yourself occupied while you recover.
  • Phone and charger: Don’t forget a way to stay connected with loved ones.
  • Medications: Pack any essential medications in their original containers, along with a list of dosages and when you usually take them.
  • Glasses or contact lens case: If you wear them, pack a case and solution.
  • Comfortable pillow: Hospital pillows aren’t always the comfiest!

Confirm Your Support System

Double-check the arrangements for your ride home from the hospital and post-surgery help:

  • Transportation: Confirm with your designated driver that they’re available on the day of your surgery and for any follow-up appointments.
  • Post-surgery help: Touch base with the friend or family member who’s agreed to help you at home. Remind them of the dates and the type of assistance you’ll need, like preparing meals, running errands, or helping with light chores.

By taking care of these logistical details now, you can approach your surgery date feeling calm, confident, and fully prepared for a smooth and successful experience.

One Week Countdown

With just seven days to go, shift your focus inwards. It’s time to tie up loose ends, indulge in some self-care, and prepare your mind for a positive surgical experience.

Clear the Decks – Work, Home, and To-Do Lists

The last thing you want is to be worrying about deadlines or unfinished tasks during your recovery. Take this week to:

  • Wrap up work projects: Delegate tasks, provide clear instructions to colleagues, and set up an out-of-office message.
  • Tidy up your home: A clean and organised environment can do wonders for your peace of mind. Do some light cleaning, put away clutter, and make sure everything is in its place.
  • Tackle any errands: Grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, or dropping off dry cleaning – get it done now so you can relax later.

Indulge in Some Well-Deserved Pampering

This is your time to relax and recharge before surgery. Do things that make you feel good, both inside and out:

  • Enjoy a long, luxurious bath: Add some soothing essential oils, light candles, and let your worries melt away.
  • Treat yourself to a haircut or manicure: Feeling good about your appearance can boost your mood and confidence.
  • Curl up with a good book or watch your favourite movie: Escape into a world of entertainment and relaxation.
  • Spend quality time with loved ones: Connect with people who bring you joy and laughter.

Prepare Your Mind – Relaxation is Key

It’s completely normal to feel a mix of excitement and nerves as your surgery date approaches. Practice relaxation techniques to manage any anxiety and promote a sense of calm:

  • Deep breathing exercises: Find a quiet spot, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth.
  • Meditation: Even a few minutes of daily meditation can help quiet your mind and reduce stress. There are many guided meditation apps and videos available online.
  • Visualisation: Close your eyes and imagine yourself going through the surgery and recovery process with ease and confidence. Visualisation can help reduce anxiety and promote a positive mindset.

The Day Before

It’s the day before your surgery, and a mix of emotions is perfectly normal. You’re on the home stretch now, and the focus is on preparing your body for a smooth surgical experience.


Dr Lim will give you specific instructions on when to stop eating and drinking. This is essential for your safety during anaesthesia.

  • Why fasting is crucial: When your stomach is empty during surgery, there’s less risk of food or liquid being accidentally inhaled into your lungs, which can lead to serious complications.
  • Follow instructions to the letter: Don’t cheat! Even a small sip of water closer to the cut-off time than advised can increase risks.
  • Hydrate beforehand: Drink plenty of water in the hours leading up to your fasting window to stay hydrated.

Prioritise a Good Night’s Sleep

We understand that sleep might be elusive with anticipation (or maybe a few nerves) bubbling up. But a good night’s rest is like giving your body a head start on recovery.

  • Stick to your routine: Maintain your regular sleep schedule as much as possible in the days leading up to surgery.
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine: A warm bath, a calming book, or some relaxing music can help signal to your body that it’s time to wind down.
  • Limit screen time: The blue light emitted from electronic devices can interfere with melatonin production, making it harder to fall asleep. Switch off screens at least an hour before bed.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help: If pre-surgery jitters are keeping you up, talk to Dr Lim about safe medication options to help you relax and get some sleep.

Surgery Day

It’s finally here – the day of your breast augmentation. It’s perfectly normal to feel a mix of excitement and nerves. The key is to focus on the fact that you’ve prepared well, and you’re in excellent hands.

Arrival and Check-In

  • Be punctual: Arrive at the hospital at the time specified by Dr Lim or the hospital staff. This allows ample time for the necessary pre-operative procedures.
  • Bring your essentials: Don’t forget your photo ID and any paperwork provided by Dr Lim or the hospital.
  • Follow instructions carefully: The hospital staff will guide you through the admission process, paperwork, and any pre-operative preparations, which may include changing into a hospital gown and removing jewellery.

It’s natural to feel a bit anxious, but remember that Dr Lim and the entire medical team are dedicated to your well-being and a successful outcome.

FAQs about Preparing for Your Breast Augmentation Surgery


What kind of anaesthesia is used, and will I be asleep for the whole thing?

  • Most breast augmentations are done under general anaesthesia, meaning you’ll be completely asleep and unaware during the procedure. Your anaesthesiologist will discuss the specifics and address any concerns beforehand.

How long will the actual surgery take?

  • On average, expect breast augmentation surgery to last between 1 to 2 hours. However, factors like implant placement (above or below the muscle) can influence the duration.

My job is somewhat physical, when can I realistically expect to go back to work?

  • This varies greatly depending on your job’s demands and your individual recovery. Most people need at least 1-2 weeks off for desk jobs, while physically demanding work may require 4-6 weeks or more of recovery.

I’ve heard about drain care after surgery, what exactly does that involve?

  • In some cases, drains are used to prevent fluid build-up after surgery. You’ll be taught how to empty and care for these drains, which are usually removed within a week or two.

What’s the most important thing I can do mentally to prepare, beyond just practical stuff?

  • Having realistic expectations is key. Research results thoroughly, understanding that every body is different. Focus on the positive changes you’re seeking, rather than aiming for perfection. A positive mindset can significantly aid recovery!

Further Reading about Breast Augmentation Surgery with Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jake Lim

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