Taking the steps to prepare for breast augmentation surgery can help ensure that your recovery is as smooth and comfortable as possible. According to a study published in the May 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 98 percent of women of women who underwent breast augmentation surgery reported that the results met or exceeded their expectations. Follow these tips to prepare for your upcoming surgery.

1. Get a Mammogram

If you've never had a mammogram before, this essential pre-op test is essentially an x-ray picture of the breast. Before you have your surgery, you will want to undergo a mammogram to check for breast cancer. The pre-surgery mammogram will stay on file so that it can be compared to your future films.

2. Stop Smoking

People who smoke should stop or reduce their smoking before their surgical procedure and during the healing period post-surgery. According to Quit.org, you should stop smoking at least 8 weeks prior to the surgery date. Smoking causes blood vessels to contract which reduces blood supply to the skin. Smoking can also prolong the healing process and increase your risk of post-surgical complications.

3. Refrain from Taking Some Medications

Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory non-steroidal drugs should not be taken in the week prior to breast augmentation surgery. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and any herbal/homeopathic remedies should also be discontinued for at least a month before surgery. These medications and remedies can increase bleeding risk. Be sure to notify your surgeon of any medications you are currently taken.

4. Pack a Bag

Prepare for your surgery by packing a bag of supplies you'll need before and after the procedure. You will want to bring loose-fitting comfortable clothing that will not be tight or restricting. In addition to regular clothing, you'll also want to bring surgery bras or compression garments. Patients should also bring identification, any medications they are taken and any necessary paperwork for the surgery.

5. Prepare Your Body for Surgery

The morning of the breast augmentation surgery, brush your teeth but do not swallow more than a single sip of water, as your surgeon will ask you not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure. Do not wear makeup, contact lenses, jewelry (including body piercings), or nail polish on the day of surgery.

If you are undergoing breast augmentation surgery at a place like Cape Cod Plastic Surgery, you will want to be fully prepared come procedure day. For more information about breast augmentation surgery, contact a plastic surgeon in your area.