Six Weeks Before
The following information is intended to prepare you for surgery so you know exactly what to expect along the way. Please be sure to review it carefully and call us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help!
You MUST BE nicotine free for at least the six weeks leading up to surgery. In addition to tobacco, the use of nicotine patches or gum is not permitted in these six weeks. Smoking greatly increases the risk you will experience complications or procedure failure. We may ask that your blood nicotine levels be checked prior to your surgery.
If you require a stop-smoking aid, we recommend you speak to your doctor about using Zyban to assist you.
Special Bra and Undergarment Requirements
You will need to purchase special undergarments before your surgery that provide support to your new breast(s) and donor site(s). Support garments help relieve suture tension and aid in reducing swelling and pain. They also support tissue growth and adherence, so you heal as quickly as possible.
All patients will need a comfortable sport style, front-closing cotton bra without any underwire. Patients having surgery involving abdominal tissue (the DIEP or SEIA procedures) will also need an abdominal binder. Patients having surgery involving tissue from their thigh or buttock (the TUG, SGAP and IGAP procedures) will need either a compression girdle or a tight pair of spandex compression shorts.
Your clinic nurse will help you determine the best garments for your body type and will tell you where you can purchase them.