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How to Prepare For Breast Implant Removal

How to Prepare For Breast Implant RemovalFor a significant procedure such as breast implant removal surgery, thorough preparation is essential. Patients considering this plastic surgery should devote time and energy to prepare carefully for the pre and post-op phases. 

The patient should prepare adequately for breast implant removal surgery to enjoy a safe and effective surgical and recovery stage. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides breast implant removal to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.

Surgery Blood Work

The main step in preparing for breast implant removal surgery is getting blood work done. Prior to the surgery, the surgeon will ensure that the patient’s creatine, electrolytes, hemoglobin, and blood clotting ability are within the optimal range.

In addition, the patient will need to get an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG) to make sure that her heart condition is normal if she is over 50 years of age. In case the blood work or EKG indicates a problem, the cosmetic surgeon will explain the next steps to the patient. 

Two Weeks prior to the Surgery

The patient will need to commence preparation for the breast implant removal plastic surgery two weeks before the procedure. To avoid rushing at the last minute, patients can start preparing for the procedure earlier. Timely preparation will ensure that the necessary arrangements are made well in time for the surgery.

Before her breast implant removal cosmetic surgery, the patient may arrange for the following:

  • A responsible individual to drive her back home after the procedure
  • A family member, friend, or caregiver to stay with her for at least 24 hours following the procedure
  • Childcare and pet care, if necessary

Correlating with this, the patient may need to implement some changes two weeks prior to breast implant removal surgery. These may include the following:

Avoid the Consumption of Alcohol 

Alcohol causes blood thinning, which may lead to a prolonged healing period and increased bruising. The patient should, in fact, remain hydrated by drinking lots of water prior to her breast implant removal surgery.

Stop Smoking

Nicotine may cause delayed healing and increase the possibility of the development of post-operative complications. In case the patient is a smoker, the surgeon will direct her to discontinue smoking for a specified duration before and after her procedure to prevent any associated health issues in the future.  

Avoid Aspirin or Ibuprofen

These medications affect the blood clotting ability of the body. In case the patient experiences body pain or a headache, they can use Tylenol (acetaminophen) instead of any of these drugs.

Discontinue Herbal Supplements

The patient may need to stop using herbal supplements such as ginkgo biloba, green tea extract, garlic, ginseng, and St. John’s wort for some time as these may interfere with the anesthesia. Therefore, she will need to discontinue the use of these herbal supplements two weeks before the surgery.

Night Before the Breast Implant Removal Surgery

The patient should undertake the following important tasks on the night before her breast implant removal surgery:

  • Bathe with antibacterial soap and cleanse her hair
  • Not eat or drink anything for a minimum of eight hours prior to the scheduled time of the breast implant removal surgery, including water and chewing gum

Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for breast implant removal. 

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

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