Pre-Surgery Patient Care

Prepare Your Home Before Your Procedure

Taking the time to prepare your home for your breast surgery recovery before your procedure will save you pain and frustration while you recover. These steps will allow you to focus on healing.

During your recovery, you won’t be able to cook. We recommend preparing and freezing meals ahead of time, and stocking up on healthy microwave dinners, juices, and other prepared foods.

Anticipate what household items you will need during your recovery, and move them from high shelves or closets into easy reach (including temporarily bringing down hanging plants that may need to be watered). Patients undergoing breast augmentation will find this step especially helpful.

Sleeping in an elevated position for the first few days after your surgery is important to avoid swelling, especially for breast augmentation patients. You might consider renting a recliner or borrowing a family member’s.

Remember that cleaning the house while you’re healing is not ideal. Do a deeper-than-usual clean before your procedure, so you won’t have to worry about those tasks as you recover.

Consider arranging for someone to take care of any small children or pets for the first 24-48 hours following your procedure, as you won’t be able to pick them up.

Finally, it’s mandatory to have someone stay with you during your first night post-surgery to take care of you — including replacing ice packs, making sure you eat and drink appropriately, and checking on you throughout the night. While loved ones are often well-suited to this important task, you can also arrange for a nurse or caregiver to stay with you.

Day Before and Day of Surgery

We’ll call you the day before your surgery to go over what you should and should not do, as well as how the next day will proceed.

On the day of your surgery, please follow these guidelines:

  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing. Comfort will be a priority for you immediately following your surgery, so set yourself up ahead of time by wearing soft, loose items that do not need to be pulled on over your head. Yoga pants, sweatsuits, pajama pants, button-up shirts, and zip-up shirts are good options.
  • Wear warm socks. The operating room can be cold, especially after you receive anesthesia! We want you to be as comfortable as possible.
  • Don’t wear jewelry. Remove all rings, earrings, watches, and metal piercing jewelry (for example, tongue rings, nose rings or eyebrow rings). These pieces can interfere with anesthesia. If you cannot remove a piece of your body jewelry, please call us to find out whether it can be taped.
  • Don’t wear contacts. Because you can’t wear contacts during surgery, the day of your procedure is a great time to try out your new glasses. Don’t forget to bring a case to keep glasses safe during surgery.
  • Bring a hair tie or scrunchie. Patients with long hair may need to tie it back post-procedure.
  • Don’t bring valuables. While it might comfort you to have certain possessions around during your surgery, please avoid bringing valuable items on the day of your procedure.

Immediately Following Your Procedure

If you find yourself worried, overwhelmed or anxious after your procedure, you are not alone. In addition, friends, family and loved ones may be unsupportive after your procedure, because they don’t understand how important it is to you.

These issues are not uncommon after surgery, and we’re here to help as often as you need us! Though you may undergo just a single surgery at AR Breast Center, we work with patients every day to help guide them through their procedure and recovery. Please call us with any concerns or questions, or simply for emotional support.

During the first few days after surgery, stay away from foods high in sodium and MSG, as these ingredients can cause water retention or an upset stomach. Drink lots of water, and stay in bed so your body can recover!

Recovery Care Services

Planning for a successful surgical outcome is an important part of deciding to undergo cosmetic or reconstructive breast surgery.

AR Breast Center works with qualified and experienced nurses, medical technicians and caretakers throughout New Orleans to make sure that our patients receive attentive, courteous post-surgical care.

Your recovery caretaker can help you remember to take medications and drink fluids; cook and serve your meals; and keep an experienced, watchful eye on you as you heal.

Transportation Services

During your recovery, your pain medication will make it unsafe for you to drive. AR Breast Center is happy to arrange transportation for you when you need to get around town.

Call our office at (504) 210-3831, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Consultation Request

To receive a consultation, request your appointment online and schedule your visit during one of the select times our surgeons have set aside exclusively for Web visitors.



Many of our patients fly in from all over the world. We have perfected the “fly-in patient” protocol, making it virtually possible for all prospective patients. Fly in alone or with loved ones, and we will walk you through a process that will ensure complete care and a comfortable, pleasant experience.