Cosmetic Surgery Tips

Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery Gift Basket

If you are shopping for a loved one, gift wrapping is available for all our products. Below are a few curated products intended as gifts for people recovering from any major surgery. 

And that’s why we’re here for you. We want to help you get through this process as smoothly as possible, so we’ve put together a complete recovery basket to help you on the road to recovery after breast reduction surgery.

This exposition also examines things to get for a breast reduction and post surgery care package.

Gifts for Someone Recovering from Plastic

Top 10 Post-Op Gifts for Plastic Surgery Patients

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Cosmetic surgery is cause for celebration and can be the perfect opportunity to offer a little extra love and support to a friend or family member. Giving a gift that will make their recovery more comfortable or highlight their results is a wonderful way to show your wholehearted support of their choice.

Need some ideas? Here’s our list of top gift ideas for plastic surgery patients:

Let Her Splurge on Her New Curves: Lingerie Store Gift Card
One of the most common questions we hear from our breast surgery patients is, “When can I go bra shopping?” Finding lingerie that fits and flatters is one thing that she’ll be looking forward to after surgery, and an all-expenses paid trip to the lingerie boutique is one of the best presents you can give a breast enhancement patient. For bonus points, choose a store that offers professional bra fittings.

Help Them Play Hooky from Housework: Personalized Housekeeping “Coupons”
When recovering from surgery, scrubbing dishes is one of the last things a patient should be doing. Create some colorful coupons your loved one can “redeem” for your help with their least favorite chores. Another option is to gift a few weeks of professional housekeeping services and spend that time catching up over coffee.

See Her Sparkle & Smile: Jewelry
Who doesn’t love a beautiful pair of earrings or stunning pendant? A classic gift for a loved one, jewelry can be extra meaningful for the facelift or eyelid surgery patient who feels confident drawing attention to her face or décolletage, perhaps for the first time in years.

Prep for Great R&R: A Cute Pair of Pajamas
Let your loved one come home to a cozy new pair of pajamas to slip into after his or her procedure. Our insider tip: choose a pair with a top that opens to the front so they’re easy to put on without straining incision sites.

Provide Some Much-Needed “Back-Up”: Telescopic Back Scratcher
You know how awkward it is to reach around and get that persistent itch on your back—imagine trying to do it fresh out of surgery! Certain procedures require a patient to limit reaching or bending during the initial recovery, making the awkward impossible. An extendable back scratcher, such as the Bear Claw, can save the day.

Make Recovery More Comfortable: Reading Pillow.
A sturdy reading pillow allows a patient to relax while lying down and elevating the head. Since most procedures require a patient to sleep on his or her back for a few weeks after surgery, having a three-sided pillow will make things much more comfortable.

…Or Make Recovery More Entertaining: Movies, Books, & Music.
Even just a few days of downtime can make a typically active patient a little stir crazy. Make mandatory couch-potato time more fun with a DVD box set or gift card to Amazon for some ebook downloads.

Help Scars Fade Faster: Scar Minimizing Cream
While a skilled plastic surgeon will take care to make scars as inconspicuous as possible, including a medical-grade scar minimizing cream can help scars fade even faster. One of our favorites is Obagi Dermatix Ultra, a silicone gel suitable for all skin types. To ensure you give a product that is safe for surgical scars, it’s best to talk to an experienced skincare professional before making your selection.

Plan a Big Night in the City: Theater Tickets
Gift a set of theater tickets for a show taking place a month or two after your friend’s procedure—this gives her time to recover and allows her results to settle. She’ll look forward to getting glammed up for a night on the town to show off her new look.

Send Them to the Spa: Parker Center Medi Spa Gift Card
You can never go wrong with a Parker Center Medi Spa Gift Card, which lets your friend choose how to be pampered after surgery. As an added bonus, facials, peels, and laser treatments can put the finishing touches on a youthful new look. As for a relaxing massage, no one needs an excuse for that!

We hope this list will be helpful as you support your loved one through their cosmetic surgery experience. If you need help deciding on a skincare product or have any questions about post-op gifts.

Gift Basket Ideas for Post Mastectomy

Here is a list of items, small and large, that someone healing from a mastectomy will need after their surgery. Put together a loving, yet extremely useful, gift basket she will deeply appreciate!

Tip #1: If you can find one, a canvas tote or shopper bag would be much more useful than an actual basket for putting together your gift. She can use the tote for her hospital stay, and put everything she wants to take in it before her surgery!

Tip #2: Try to limit items with strong fragrances. Some of the medications can cause nausea and make her super sensitive to scented items.

Tip #3: Mastectomy, lumpectomy and similar chest surgeries actually effect the muscles in the arms as well. So as you are thinking about what to buy her, remember that she will not be able to lift her arms very high for the first few weeks after a mastectomy. So it will be hard for her to reach high items in the kitchen, to wear anything that slips over the head, and so on.

Mastectomy Gift Basket Ideas:

  • Mastectomy Shirt
  • PJ’s – super soft lounge pants
  • Mastectomy Chest Pillow
  • Lap Blanket
  • Fluffy Non-Skid Socks
  • Kleenex
  • Teeth Wipes (Brush-Ups)
  • Hand Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Face wipes
  • Pretty Journal and Pen
  • Hand cream
  • Green Super Food to add to smoothies and juice
  • Sheet Face Masks
  • Pretty Folder for Dr. Paperwork
  • Fun or Gossip Magazine
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Puzzle Book
  • Ginger Mints
  • Mint or Ginger Tea
  • Dry Mouth Mouthwash
  • Dry Mouth lozenges 
  • Neck Pillow 
  • Bed Wedge

Things To Get For A Breast Reduction

The day before your surgery is when you can do a last minute check on what to bring with you to hospital. Pack a small case or bag with the following items:

  • Shower cap, toothbrush and toothpaste and toiletries.
  • Nightwear, a comfy dressing gown and easy to pull on slippers.
  • A sleep mask. This is handy to pull over your eyes when you want to sleep during the day.
  • Hairbrush, comb and other hair items.
  • Lip balm, tissues and body lotion/massage oil.
  • A couple of good books and/or magazines.
  • Glasses case if you wear spectacles. If you wear contact lenses then bring your solutions and containers; or if you have daily disposables, then enough pairs to last you whilst you are in hospital.
  • You might want to pack an MP3 player or an iPod. This is nice and easy to listen to when you don’t feel up to reading or watching television.
  • Essential medications (check with your surgeon first)

Have your last meal no later than midnight. The rules are no eating or drinking six hours before surgery.

Post Surgery Care Package

1. Soup

Spoonful of Comfort Get Well Care Package with soup, cookies, and rolls.

Mom always knew a bowl of soup would make you feel better. Treat someone to the same comforting treatment after surgery! After all, many patients recovering from surgery aren’t up for cooking. (And we bet several aren’t at their mom’s house, either.) Save them the trouble and send our classic Get Well care package full of homestyle soup, rolls, cookies—and love. They’ll be able to enjoy a meal made from scratch without having to spend time in the kitchen.

2. Extra Cookies

Spoonful of Comfort Cookie Comforts box.

Just because a loved one is recovering from surgery doesn’t mean their sweet tooth will go away. Show them that you care by adding a generous helping of perfectly sweet cookies to your after-surgery gift baskets. Choose a single flavor or add a variety to create a delicious and personalized gift.

3. Lots of Tea

Staying hydrated is important when recovering from surgery. But, drinking plain water can get boring fast. Help your friends and family stay hydrated by sending them flavorful teas to spice things up. This selection from Art of Tea offers a variety of flavors that are sure to delight the senses.

4. Fresh Honey

Nothing makes tea taste better and feel more soothing than fresh honey. Any honey is better than none, but your loved ones will definitely appreciate something extra special, like raw wildflower honey, blackberry honey, or orange blossom honey. Find one that comes with a little dipper so your loved one can easily drizzle it on anything they want, whether they’re adding it to tea or a thick slice of toast.

5. A Cozy Throw

Spoonful of Comfort Cozy Throw blanket.

When someone’s not feeling their best, it can at least feel better to curl up under cozy, soft blanket with a favorite pillow. Help your friends and family do just that while they recover by including a cozy comfort throw in your after-surgery care package.

6. Meals for the Family

The last thing your friend or loved one wants to worry about when they’re recovering from surgery is having to cook meals for the entire family. Spare them the hassle by sending a gift basket with everything they need to have an easy dinner for everyone at home, like Spoonful of Comfort’s Feed the Fam package. The handcrafted soups, rolls, and cookies will leave everyone feeling better.

7. Moisturizer

Dry skin can be itchy, uncomfortable, and even painful, which is even worse when you’re recovering from surgery and dealing with physical discomfort from an injury. Add some super-moisturizing hand cream to the after-surgery gift baskets you send out. Beekman 1802 moisturizer is free of chemicals, fragrances, and other drying additives, so your loved one’s skin will look and feel great.

8. Lip Balm

Chapped lips can be just as annoying as dry skin. Add a few lip balms to your after-surgery care package. Choose from your personal favorites or keep it natural with a hyper-hydrating goat milk lip balm.

9. Soothing Candles

Spoonful of Comfort soothing candle with box of matches.

Aromatherapy can help your loved one feel more relaxed and can make their recovery more enjoyable. Consider including soothing candles with light, fresh scents to help them relax. You can also include essential oils and a diffuser to let them enjoy a different scent when lighting a candle might not be possible.

10. A Heating Pack

Muscle aches and tension can make recovering from any surgery feel harder. Though electric heating pads can help, they’re not the coziest thing to include in your post-surgery gifts for her or him. Instead, add a warm, fuzzy hot water bottle that your loved one can cuddle up with. 

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