Thorough preparation is vital for a significant procedure such as breast implant removal surgery. Patients considering this cosmetic surgery procedure should invest the time and energy to prepare meticulously for the pre and post-operative stages.
Preparing adequately for breast implant removal surgery will offer the patient medical benefits and enable her to enjoy a relaxed and stress-free surgical and recovery phase. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides breast implant removal to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding locations.
Surgery Blood Work
Getting blood work done is the primary step in preparing for breast implant removal surgery. Before the surgery, the surgeon will make sure that the patient’s hemoglobin, creatine, electrolytes, and blood clotting ability (INR) are within the normal range.
The patient will also need to undergo an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG) to ensure her heart health is optimal if she is over 50 years. In case the blood work or EKG indicates an issue, the plastic surgeon will discuss the next steps with the patient.
Two Weeks Before to the Surgery
The preparation for the breast implant removal cosmetic surgery begins two weeks prior to the procedure. Patients can initiate the preparation process earlier to avoid rushing at the last minute. Preparing in a timely manner will ensure that the necessary arrangements are made well in time for the procedure.
The patient may arrange for the following before her breast implant removal surgery:
- A responsible person to drive her back home after the surgery.
- A friend, family member, or caregiver to remain with her for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
- Childcare, if required.
- Pet care, if required.
In addition, the patient may need to make some changes two weeks before the breast implant removal surgery. These may include:
Avoid Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol leads to blood thinning which may cause an extended healing period and increased bruising. In fact, the patient should remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water before her breast implant removal cosmetic surgery procedure.
Nicotine may delay healing and increase the chances of post-op complication development. If the patient smokes, the surgeon will ask her to quit smoking for a specific period before and after her surgery to prevent any associated medical problems in the future.
Avoid Ibuprofen or Aspirin
These drugs impact the blood clotting ability of the body. If the patient experiences a headache or body pain, they can use Tylenol (acetaminophen) instead of these medicines.
Discontinue Herbal Supplements
The patient may need to discontinue the use of herbal supplements such as ginseng, ginkgo biloba, green tea extract, St. John’s wort, and garlic for some time as these may interfere with the anesthesia. For this reason, she will need to stop taking these herbal supplements two weeks prior to the surgery.
Night before the Breast Implant Removal Surgery
On the night before her breast implant removal surgery, the patient should carry out the following important tasks:
- Cleanse her hair and bathe with an antibacterial soap
- Not drink or eat anything for at least eight hours before the scheduled time of the implant removal surgery, including chewing gum and water
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for breast implant removal or replacement surgery.