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How to Prepare for Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Whether you’re considering breast removal due to medical complications, personal choice, or simply because your implants have reached their natural lifespan, thorough preparation is essential to ensure a successful outcome.

In this blog, Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Bish Soliman will take you through the process of preparing for breast implant removal surgery. From understanding the reasons for removal to managing the emotional and physical aspects of this journey, the aim is to provide you with the information and support you need to navigate this important process.

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How to Prepare Mentally and Emotionally for the Surgery

Preparing mentally and emotionally for breast implant removal surgery is as important as the physical preparation. Next, we will discuss the essential steps to ensure that you are emotionally ready for the procedure:

Coping with Anxiety and Concerns

It’s entirely natural to experience anxiety and concerns before any surgery, including breast implant removal. Acknowledging and addressing these emotions is the first step toward managing them effectively:

  • Educate Yourself: Knowledge is a powerful tool to alleviate anxiety. Take the time to research the surgery, its risks, and the expected outcomes. Understand the reasons behind your implant removal and remind yourself of the benefits you hope to achieve.
  • Open Communication: Discuss your fears and concerns with your chosen surgeon during consultations. They can provide reassurance, clarify any doubts, and discuss the steps they’ll take to ensure your safety and satisfaction.
  • Meditation and Relaxation Techniques: Consider practicing meditation, deep breathing exercises, or other relaxation techniques to calm your mind. These methods can help reduce stress and improve your mental state leading up to the surgery.

Support System and Communication

Having a strong support system in place is invaluable when preparing for breast implant removal surgery.

  • Lean on Loved Ones: Share your decision with friends and family members who can provide emotional support during your journey. Knowing that you have a network of caring individuals can reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety.
  • Support Groups: Consider joining online or local support groups for individuals undergoing breast implant removal or breast surgery. These communities can provide invaluable insights, advice, and a sense of belonging.
  • Therapy or Counselling: If you’re struggling to manage your emotions, seeking professional therapy or counselling can be highly beneficial. A trained therapist can help you work through your concerns, fears, and any body image issues that may arise.

Realistic Expectations

Maintaining realistic expectations about the surgery’s outcomes is essential.

  • Consultation with Your Surgeon: During consultations, have an open and honest conversation with your surgeon about what you can realistically expect from the procedure. Understanding the limitations and possibilities will help manage your expectations.
  • Visual Aids: Ask your surgeon for visual aids, such as before-and-after photos of previous patients, to get a better idea of what your results might look like. Keep in mind that individual results can vary.

How to Prepare Physically for the Breast Implant Removal Surgery

Physical preparation is a fundamental aspect of getting ready for breast implant removal surgery. Ensuring that your body is in the best possible condition can lead to a smoother surgery and recovery process. Next, we’ll explore the steps to physically prepare for the procedure:

Evaluating Your Current Health Status

Before undergoing breast implant removal surgery, it’s essential to assess your overall health and provide your surgeon with a complete medical history. This evaluation will help identify any potential risks and ensure that you are physically prepared for the surgery.

  • Pre-existing Conditions: Inform your surgeon about any pre-existing medical conditions you may have, such as heart disease, diabetes, or hypertension. Managing these conditions is crucial for a safe surgery.
  • Medications and Allergies: Provide a list of all medications, supplements, and vitamins you are currently taking. Discuss any potential interactions or adjustments with your surgeon. Additionally, disclose any allergies or adverse reactions you may have experienced in the past.

Making Necessary Lifestyle Adjustments

Preparing your body for surgery involves making certain lifestyle changes that can positively impact your recovery and overall health.

  • Diet and Nutrition: A balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients is essential. Consider consulting a nutritionist to ensure you are eating foods that promote healing and immune support. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption in the weeks leading up to the surgery.
  • Exercise and Physical Fitness: Engaging in regular physical activity can improve your cardiovascular health and overall well-being. Consult with your surgeon about appropriate exercise routines and any restrictions before the surgery.
  • Cessation of Smoking and Alcohol: Smoking can impair the body’s ability to heal, increase the risk of complications, and negatively affect blood circulation. It’s crucial to quit smoking well in advance of the surgery. Similarly, limit alcohol intake, as it can interfere with anaesthesia and recovery.

Following Pre-operative Instructions from the Surgeon

Your surgeon will provide specific pre-operative instructions to help you prepare for the day of the breast implant removal surgery. It’s essential to adhere to these guidelines to ensure a safe and successful procedure.

  • Fasting: You will likely be instructed not to eat or drink anything for a certain period before the surgery. Follow these fasting instructions closely to prevent complications during anaesthesia.
  • Medication Adjustments: Discuss with your surgeon any adjustments needed for your regular medications, especially blood thinners or aspirin, which can affect bleeding during surgery.
  • Pre-surgery Cleansing and Hygiene: Your surgeon may provide instructions on how to prepare your surgical site to reduce the risk of infection. Follow these guidelines diligently.

How to Prepare Your Home

Creating a comfortable and supportive environment at home is essential to ensure a smooth and stress-free recovery after breast implant removal surgery. Here are the steps needed to prepare your home for the post-operative period:

Creating a Comfortable and Safe Recovery Space

  • Bedroom Setup: Arrange your bedroom in a way that minimises movement and provides easy access to essential items. Ensure your bed is comfortable and at a suitable height for getting in and out easily.
  • Recliner or Pillows: Consider using a recliner or large pillows to help you find a comfortable sleeping position that reduces strain on your chest.
  • Entertainment: Prepare entertainment options such as books, magazines, movies, or streaming services to keep yourself occupied during your recovery.
  • Basic Necessities: Keep everyday necessities within reach, including water, snacks, tissues, and medications. Place these items on a bedside table or in a reachable location.

Arranging for Post-surgery Assistance and Support

  • Caregiver or Support Person: Arrange for a caregiver or support person to assist you during the initial days following surgery. They can help with household chores, meal preparation, and provide emotional support.
  • Child and Pet Care: If you have children or pets, make arrangements for their care during your recovery to avoid unnecessary physical exertion.

Stocking Up on Essential Supplies and Necessities

  • Medications: Ensure you have all prescribed medications on hand, as well as any over-the-counter pain relievers recommended by your surgeon.
  • Dressings and Bandages: Stock up on sterile dressings, bandages, and any wound care supplies your surgeon recommends for post-operative care.
  • Comfortable Clothing: Prepare loose-fitting and comfortable clothing that is easy to put on and take off, as well as a front-closure bra that provides support without pressure on the surgical site.
  • Hygiene Products: Purchase mild, unscented soap, and personal hygiene products to keep your incision area clean. Avoid harsh or scented products that may irritate the skin.

Implementing Safety Measures within Your Home

  • Clear Pathways: Remove any obstacles or clutter that may hinder your movement within your home. Ensure clear pathways to prevent trips and falls.
  • Grab Bars and Support Rails: If necessary, install grab bars or support rails in the bathroom and along hallways to provide stability and assistance during mobility.
  • Non-slip Surfaces: Consider using non-slip mats or rugs in areas prone to moisture, such as the bathroom, to prevent slips and falls.
  • Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including your surgeon’s information, readily available in case of unforeseen complications.

FAQs about Preparing for Breast Implant Removal

How long does the recovery process take after breast implant removal surgery?

  • Recovery time can vary from person to person, but on average, it may take several weeks to a few months for most patients to fully recover. Initially, you may experience discomfort, swelling, and limited mobility, but these symptoms generally improve over time. It’s crucial to follow Dr Soliman’s post-operative instructions and attend follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.

Will I need to have drains after breast implant removal surgery?

  • The use of drains after breast implant removal surgery varies depending on your surgeon’s technique and the extent of the procedure. Dr Soliman may use drains to manage excess fluids and promote healing in some cases.

Can breast implant removal surgery affect breastfeeding in the future?

  • Breast implant removal surgery can potentially impact breastfeeding, especially if the procedure involves removing glandular tissue or altering the breast’s structure. If you plan to breastfeed in the future, discuss your intentions with Dr Bish Soliman during the consultation. He can offer guidance on preserving breast function and milk production as much as possible.

Are there any long-term effects of breast implant removal surgery on breast appearance and sensation?

  • Breast implant removal surgery can lead to changes in breast appearance and sensation, which can vary depending on factors such as implant size, duration of implant placement, and individual anatomy. While some changes are temporary and may resolve over time, others may be permanent.

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About Dr Bish Soliman

Dr Bish Soliman - Sydney Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, about us 01 2x
Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon
FRACS (Plas), MS (Plas), MBBS (Hons 1), BCom

AHPRA Registered Medical Practitioner MED 0001679053 Specialist Registration in Plastic Surgery

Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney-based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

He currently holds two consultant microsurgery positions in major Sydney hospitals performing complex microsurgical reconstruction including DIEP breast reconstruction.

After graduating from The King’s School, Dr Bish completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney. After working briefly at a major Sydney finance firm, he decided to pursue his passion and long-term goal of a career in medicine. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the top of his class, receiving First class honours and the prestigious Bower and Sherrard medal. He then went on to complete his junior medical training at Westmead Hospital during which time he was awarded Junior Medical Officer (JMO) of the Year, as well as a finalist for NSW Doctor of the Year.


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Making The Most Of Your Consultation

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  • Take notes during the consultation and review all the documents provided
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider your options
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear comfortable clothes

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