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Breast Implant and Capsule Removal

Breast Implant Removal in Vancouver with Dr. Jeannie MacDonald

As breast implants are not intended to be lifelong devices, they should be removed or exchanged within 10 years to ensure your wellbeing. Breast implant and capsule removal surgery to remove or exchange breast implants is determined by each patient’s needs and goals.

You deserve a provider with unparalleled skills and an artistic eye who takes the time to understand your needs. Dr. Jeannie MacDonald understands beauty from the inside out and uses her experience and unique skills to help patients reach their goals. For these reasons and more, she is regarded as one of the best breast implant removal surgeons in Vancouver.

Restoring the appearance of your breasts with the best breast implant removal provider in Vancouver is easier than ever! Contact MacDonald Plastic Surgery at (604) 288-8517 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation today! We are located in New Westminster and are dedicated to serving plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery patients in the Lower Mainland and Greater Vancouver area.

What is Breast Implant and Capsule Removal?

Breast implant and capsule removal procedures are intended to exchange or permanently remove breast implants and their surrounding scar tissue, or the capsule. As breast implants are not intended to be lifelong devices, removing or replacing older breast implants is essential to ensure the integrity of the implant and the appearance and comfort of the breasts. Most implant companies  will cover the cost of the replacement  implants for the first ten years if there is any issue with the implant integrity. Often, breast implant and capsule removal procedures are performed along with reinsertion of new implants .

Breast implant and capsule removal is a highly individualized procedure. Patients have many reasons to consider exchanging or removing breast implants, including:

  • Hardened scar tissue causing discomfort
  • Pain from implants
  • A leaking or ruptured implant
  • You no longer want implants

What Are the Benefits of Breast Implant and Capsule Removal?

In time, your breast implants and the overlying skin can experience changes that affect the appearance or feel of your breasts. By removing old implants or exchanging them for new implants can help restore the appearance and feel of breasts.

Overall, a breast implant and capsule removal can address:

  • The size and shape of breasts
  • Capsular contraction pain
  • Implant migration or rupture concerns
  • Update the type, size or style of implants

Am I A Good Candidate for Breast Implant Removal in Vancouver?

Generally, good candidates for breast implant and capsule removal surgery in Vancouver include healthy patients who are concerned about their current implants or are looking to enhance the appearance of their breasts with new implants.

Typically, Dr. MacDonald recommends breast implant removal candidates should:

  • Be non-smokers
  • Be physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • Be finished with breastfeeding for 6 months to 1 year
  • Understand the risks of the procedure
  • Have realistic expectations and a positive outlook
  • Be prepared to closely follow pre- and post-operative instructions

Choosing Dr. MacDonald as Your Breast Implant Removal Surgeon

As a Royal College certified plastic surgeon and the only female fellowship-trained craniofacial surgeon in the Fraser Valley, Dr. Jeannie MacDonald understands beauty from the inside out. Dr. MacDonald’s extensive medical expertise and artistic touch help her formulate individualized treatment plans for each patient. Her approach to cosmetic breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast augmentation with lift, breast asymmetry, breast implant removal) will help to reveal the most natural-looking you.

Dr. MacDonald uses her unique education to combine her loves of aesthetics and surgery. She knows that together they can improve and enrich her patients’ lives. Above all, Dr. MacDonald strives to embody the values of honesty, thoughtfulness, and openness with each person who walks through MacDonald Plastic Surgery’s doors.

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Combining her unique surgical expertise with her artistic understanding of balance and proportion, Dr. Jeannie MacDonald brings out the most naturally beautiful you. Meet Dr. MacDonald today to learn more.

Your Breast Implant Removal Consultation

Prior to your consultation, Dr. MacDonald suggests you read about breast implant and capsule removal procedures to better understand the basic steps of the process before learning more during your consultation.

During your consultation, Dr. MacDonald will listen to your goals and concerns, review your medical history, and consider all breast rejuvenation options before determining your candidacy.

Dr. MacDonald will also conduct a thorough examination and evaluation of your breasts, including:

  • Current breast implants and shape
  • Desired breast implants and shape
  • Quality of breast tissue and skin
  • Allergies or medical conditions
  • Previous surgeries or medical treatments
  • Current medications
  • Current mammogram results
  • Family history of breast cancer

Next, Dr. MacDonald will be honest about how you can achieve your goals and explain the options that best address your specific concerns. During your consultation, Dr. MacDonald and her staff will:

  • Provide detailed information about what to expect before, during, and after the procedure
  • Discuss all concerns and questions
  • Discuss potential risks of the procedure

Before you leave, Dr. MacDonald will ensure you feel comfortable with making informed decisions about your breast implant removal procedure. Dr. MacDonald’s compassion, honesty, and passion for her craft make her your choice for the best breast implant removal in Vancouver.

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What Can I Expect During a Breast Implant Removal Procedure?

Dr. MacDonald and her team carefully customize all breast implant and capsule removal surgeries to obtain the best results for each patient. Some general steps you can expect are:

Prior to Your Procedure

As breast implant and capsule removal surgery requires a general anesthetic, you must complete a pre-operative questionnaire to ensure you are healthy enough for the procedure. You will be given instructions on what time to arrive and be reminded not to eat or drink anything the night before. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home following your surgery and stay with you the first night following surgery.

Check-in and Anesthesia

Our team will greet you for check-in, and Dr. MacDonald will ensure you are comfortable, answer any last questions, and draw her surgical markings. After you are safely sedated, Dr. MacDonald will begin your breast implant and capsule removal procedure.

Breast Implant Removal Procedure

For breast implant removal, Dr. MacDonald will create discrete incisions along the lower fold of your breast. Dr. MacDonald will remove implants and the breast capsule with a combination of techniques appropriate for your anatomy. If you have opted to exchange your existing breast implants for newer implants, Dr. MacDonald will safely remove the old implant, and insert a new implant with a touchless approach. The surgery lasts approximately 2-3 hours, and you will spend approximately 3 hours in the recovery room. You will be given a prescription for pain medication prior to leaving the hospital. Drains are rarely needed in this surgery.

Breast Implant and Capsule Removal Aftercare

You may have a wrap or binder on from the day of surgery, and this should be worn full-time for 2-4 weeks or as instructed by Dr. MacDonald. You may shower 48 hours after surgery.

In 5-7 days following your surgery, Dr MacDonald will see you and show you how to care for your wounds or new implants.

Plan on taking approximately two weeks off from work. Avoid activities that increase your heart rate or use your chest muscles for 4-6 weeks following surgery. However, Dr. MacDonald encourages you to begin slowly walking as soon as possible.

As with any procedure, following Dr. MacDonald’s instructions regarding physical activity limitation, cleansing, and sun exposure is fundamental to ensuring optimal results from the best breast implant and capsule removal in Vancouver.

How Soon Will I See My Vancouver Breast Implant Removal Results?

Following your breast implant and capsule removal, you will experience swelling and bruising. Healing from breast implant and capsule removal is a unique experience. As such, it may take several weeks or months for swelling to resolve, scarring to lessen, and breast sensation to return. Breasts may not feel “normal” for 6-12 months, at which time visible results are considered final.

Your individual results from a breast implant and capsule removal will vary based on:

  • Implant size
  • Scar tissue quantity
  • Quality and quantity of remaining breast tissue

Schedule Your Vancouver Breast Implant Removal Consultation Today!

Restore your breasts and refresh your figure with the best breast implant and capsule removal. You can count on natural-looking, long-lasting results at MacDonald Plastic Surgery!

Ready to partner with one of Vancouver’s best breast implant removal providers? Contact MacDonald Plastic Surgery at (604) 288-8517 or complete our online form to schedule your Vancouver breast implant removal consultation today.

Breast Implant Removal FAQs

As breast implant removal procedures are uniquely individual, breast implant removal cost in Vancouver is determined by your needs. Following your consultation, Dr. MacDonald’s assistant will provide a detailed breakdown of your breast implant removal cost.    

You will be given anesthetics during your breast implant removal, so you should not feel discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to take following your procedure. However, during your consultation, be sure to discuss all pain concerns with Dr. MacDonald.

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