How to Prepare For Breast Implant Removal

How to Prepare For Breast Implant Removal | Houston, TexasFor a major procedure such as breast implant removal cosmetic surgery, detailed preparation is vital. Patients seeking this plastic surgery procedure should devote the time and energy to prepare carefully for the pre and post-op phases. 

Thorough preparation for breast implant removal surgery will provide the patient with medical benefits and allow her to enjoy a stress-free and relaxed surgical and recovery stage. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast implant removal to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities. 


Surgery Blood Work

The initial 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 (INR) are within the optimal range. 

In addition, the patient will need to undergo an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG) to make sure that her heart is in good health if she is above 50 years. If the EKG or blood work indicates a problem, the cosmetic surgeon will discuss the steps going forward with the patient. 


Two Weeks Before to the Surgery

Breast implant removal plastic surgery preparation starts two weeks before the procedure. Patients can begin the preparation process earlier to avoid the last-minute rush. Timely preparation will ensure that the required arrangements are made well ahead of the procedure.

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

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

Additionally, the patient may need to make certain changes two weeks prior to the breast implant removal surgery, including:

Avoid Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol causes blood thinning. This may lead to a prolonged recovery period and increased bruising. The patient should remain sufficiently hydrated by drinking plenty of water prior to her breast implant removal plastic surgery procedure. 

Discontinue Smoking

Nicotine increases the possibility of post-operative complication development and may cause slow healing. If the patient is a smoker, the surgeon will ask her to stop smoking for a specified duration before and after her surgery to prevent any associated health complications in the future.

Avoid Ibuprofen or Aspirin

These medicines have an effect on the blood clotting ability of the body. In case the patient experiences body pain or a headache, they can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) instead of these drugs.

Discontinue Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements such as green tea extract, St. John’s wort, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, and garlic may interfere with anesthesia. Therefore, the patient may need to avoid using them two weeks prior to breast implant removal surgery.  


Night before the Breast Implant Removal Surgery

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

  • Shower 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 implant removal surgery, including water and chewing gum

Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for breast implant removal.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.