Preparing for Breast Augmentation Implant SurgeryAs per the ASPS data, between 1997 and 2012, about 4.5 million breast augmentation plastic surgery procedures were performed in the US. Less invasive techniques and superior implant qualities have made breast augmentation one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Pre-op preparation is a key part of the procedure that will contribute to the final results in this surgery.

Board certified plastic surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery provide breast augmentation and several other cosmetic procedures. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will provide guidelines for a comprehensive preparation for the surgery. Patients in Richmond, Virginia, and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive breast augmentation at the Virginia Institute.


Assessing Cosmetic Goals

To start with, the patient should closely evaluate her reasons for choose breast implant plastic surgery procedure. Only she can talk to the surgeon about her personal aesthetic needs and desires, and what about her natural breasts she specifically wants to enhance or improve.

Breast implant surgery is a very personal journey, and the patient should go by her own instincts, rather than choosing the procedure under the influence of someone else. She should preferably also go through the surgeon’s website to learn more about breast augmentation and understand its benefits and risks.


Breast Implant Internet Forums   

It is a marvelous idea to connect with other women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery in the past and are willing to share their experience. Online forums such as RealSelf and social media networks provide the opportunity for a new patient to find useful and pragmatic advice and information about breast augmentation.

When a patient comes to know about the first-hand experience of others and gains community support online, she will be able to discover whether breast augmentation is the right choice for her. An informed patient will also be in a position to have a more productive consultation before the surgery.


Meeting Candidacy Requirements

It is important for the patient to be in stellar general health and have a stable body weight prior to breast augmentation. She should not have any near-future plans for a major weight loss program or a pregnancy. She should be committed to following the surgeon’s instructions and guidelines for a safe and effective surgery as well as recovery.

She should also review as many breast augmentation before and after photos as possible in order to develop reasonable expectations. She should write down all the questions she may want to ask from the surgeon and seek clarity during the initial consultation.  


Prior to the Surgery

The plastic surgeon will provide the following guidelines for preparation prior to the breast implant procedure:

Stop smoking for about three to four weeks before the surgery. Avoid using anti-inflammatories, vitamins, and herbal supplements for at least two weeks before the surgery. Adjust the schedule of any prescription medications in consultation with the physician and the surgeon. Arrange for transportation and aftercare to ensure a comfortable post-op recovery.

The Virginia Institute receives patients from Richmond, Virginia, and nearby areas for breast implant surgery.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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