Before the Procedure: What You Should Know

Prior to the breast augmentation procedure, there are several important things you need to do to prepare properly. By preparing for the surgery the right way, you’ll have the easiest and fastest possible recovery.

Ask Questions

The ideal time to ask questions is during the breast augmentation consultation. If you find that there are any questions not answered by this e-book, feel free to talk to our staff. We want every patient to be as prepared as possible.

Are you ready?

Getting ready for the breast augmentation surgery usually requires several steps. Patients need to have blood tests performed several days prior to surgery to make sure that there are no health issues. You will typically have a pre-surgery appointment or call after your consultation to review all of Dr. Rau’s instructions and to make sure you are fully prepared.

Smokers should stop smoking (including e-cigs) as far in advance of the surgery as possible. Be sure to tell our staff how long it’s been since you’ve smoked on the day of the surgery.

If you’re taking medication, whether prescription or nonprescription, Dr. Rau may advise you to make some medication changes prior to surgery. Some drugs like ibuprofen, NSAIDS, or certain herbal supplements can cause blood thinning, a potential danger during surgery. You may need to stop taking these medications a week or more ahead of time to be sure that the surgery is as safe as possible.


One of the most important things about preparation is research. Make sure that you fully understand what the surgery will involve. While you won’t have to spend a lot of time in the hospital, breast augmentation is a major surgery and should be recognized as such. Look at the results others have had to get an idea of what your results may be.

Financial Options: CareCredit

Breast augmentation surgery is generally not covered by most insurance plans. However, if you don’t have the cash to pay for the surgery there may be another option in the form of CareCredit. This is a unique type of credit card that offers financing options that standard credit cards like MasterCard or Visa don’t have. CareCredit can be used to pay for breast augmentation, other plastic surgery procedures, and even non-surgical beauty treatments.

CareCredit offers short-term financing ranging from 6 months to 24 months. As long as you make the minimum monthly payments, no interest is charged for the whole promotional period. If you need longer to pay for the breast augmentation, CareCredit offers financing up to 60 months at an APR of 16.9 percent.

The Day of the Procedure

The day of the procedure, you’ll be given an arrival time that gives you sufficient time to change into a hospital gown and get settled in bed. At this time, you may be given some IV medication to help you relax. You’ll then meet with Dr. Rau and be taken into surgery. You will be given anesthesia at this point. Once you are either asleep under general anesthesia,  Dr. Rau will perform the surgery.