Meet with your surgeon before the
day of surgery to ask questions about the doctor's experience with tummy tucks and
breast implants, your own surgery, and the results you can expect. The FDA has a list
questions that may help you with this conversation. Ask your doctor what makes you
good candidate for a tummy tuck and breast implants, and what your options are for
shape, and surface texture. Your doctor will also review the risks and benefits of
surgery. Ask for before and after pictures of other patients so you can understand
whether your expectations are realistic.
During this meeting, ask the doctor
for a copy of the patient labeling for the breast implant that will be used. As a
patient, it's your right to have this information and the doctor will expect to provide
it. Talk with your doctor about the risk of breast implant linked to anaplastic large
cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that can develop
after breast implants. The exact number of cases is not known, but the most current
suggest that BIA-ALCL is seen more often after breast implants with textured surfaces
instead of after those with smooth surfaces.
Read and understand the informed consent form. Ask any questions before you sign it.
Prepare for the surgery as you have
been told. Also:
Tell your surgeon or doctor
if you think you could be pregnant.
You may need a mammogram or
breast X-rays before the surgery. This helps show any breast abnormality. It gives
the doctor an image of your breast tissue before surgery.
Tell your doctor about all
medicines you take. This includes herbs and other supplements. It also includes
any blood thinners such as warfarin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and
daily aspirin. You may need to stop taking some or all of them before surgery.
Follow any directions you are
given for not eating or drinking before surgery. (If you have been told to take
medicines, take them with a small sip of water.)