Recommended Supplies for Cosmetic Breast Surgery

Here’s a list of a few items that will help you after your breast surgery.  While most of them can be found at Walgreen’s and CVS, they’re probably cheaper at places like Albertson’sTom Thumb, and KrogerCommonly known brands are listed in italics for reference. Store brand and generic forms are less expensive and may work just as well.

Dressing/Wound Care Items For Cosmetic Breast Surgery

Listed below are some items that may be helpful to you depending on what type of surgery you are going to have. Please refer to the procedure(s) you will be undergoing.

Dressings For Breast Augmentation
  • Gauze (4×4 gauze)
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(4×4 gauze)

Dressings For Breast Lift (With Or Without Breast Implants)
  • Gauze (4×4 gauze, or rolls)
  • Tape for dressings (paper tape may work best)
  • Disposable exam gloves (nonsterile; vinyl or latex or nitrile)
  • Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, Triple Antibiotic)
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Dressings For Breast Implant Capsulectomy Surgery
  • Gauze (4×4 gauze, or rolls)
  • Tape for dressings (paper tape may work best)
  • Disposable exam gloves (nonsterile; vinyl or latex or nitrile)
  • Antibiotic ointment (NeosporinTriple Antibiotic)
  • Chlorhexidine (HibiClens) OR povidone iodine (Betadine)
  • Alcohol pads
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(alcohol pads)

Dressings For Breast Implant Removal Surgery (No Capsulectomies)
  • Gauze (4×4 gauze)

Other Recommended Supplies For Cosmetic Breast Surgery:

These are items you should pick up regardless of what type of breast surgery you will be undergoing.

  • Non-prescription medication to help with swelling: naproxen (Aleve) OR ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • A laxative (polyethylene glycol, MiraLAX)
  • Mild soap (Dove, Ivory, Cetaphil, baby wash)
  • Probiotics (either yogurt, smoothies, or tablets; Activia (a Fort Worth company!), Yoplait Plus)
  • Clear liquid drinks with sugar (not diet drinks, not artificial sweeteners). Examples to consider: Sprite, Gatorade, cranberry juice, apple juice, ginger ale
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Garments For Cosmetic Breast Surgery

  • Sports bras.  Don’t buy expensive sports bras, just bras that fit comfortably.  You should have at least two; one to wear, one to wash.  These may be purchased anywhere, including Academy Sports and Outdoors, Target, or wherever you normally would buy a sports bra.

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