Many women are afraid that removing their breast augmentation implants will inevitably result in a poor cosmetic outcome. To avoid this, a ‘removal and replacement’ procedure is often considered, but other options to add volume and enhance breast shape do exist for those women who aren’t interested in re-augmentation following breast implant removal.


Women choose to have their implants removed because of either discomfort, poor cosmesis or health concerns. These issues may arise as a result of many different conditions or factors – some related to the implant and others to the person. Common breast implant related factors would include rippling, capsular contracture, breast implant rupture and breast implant malposition. Factors that are related more to the individual include changes in breast shape, general medical health, breast health or preferences regarding breast implants. Many questions often arise and Dr. Reid can help you to better understand these issues and your options.

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Dr. Owen Reid MD FRCSC


Dr. Reid has trained specifically in plastic surgery. He completed medical school with honors at the University of British Columbia prior to receiving training in surgery of the breast and body.


Dr.  Reid is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. He frequently attends conferences relating to reconstructive and cosmetic surgery while maintaining an active interest in post-weight loss surgery.


Breast implant removal is conceptually a simple procedure, but there are some important considerations that effect the preoperative planning. The procedure can be performed through various incisions with or without a capsulectomy. Dr. Reid can help you decide which option is best for you and what pre-operative assessments or imaging is required. Any tissue removed during the capsulectomy is sent for pathologic examination.


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For women who are concerned that removal and capsulecomy alone may result in a poor cosmetic outcome, fat transfer may be the ideal solution. Fat transfer at the time of implant removal and capsulectomy is a natural option for adding volume and enhancing breast shape. Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is a versatile procedure that Dr. Reid uses during facial cosmetic surgery, breast reconstruction and body contouring procedures.

During a fat transfer procedure, your own fat is moved from an area of relative excess to an area of deficiency, such as the breast. Liposuction is used to collect fat, and this portion of the procedure should be beneficial in and of itself. Fat is collected in a sterile closed system and then separated from other components of the lipoaspirate and at this point it is ready for transfer. Fat is injected in to the breast using specialized cannulas and a technique that maximizes contact between breast tissue and grafted fat and thus graft survival. This idea of spreading the grafted fat around within the recipient site tissue and avoiding the creation of ‘pools’ of grafted fat is fundamental to any fat grafting technique. With this in mind, and depending on the amount of breast tissue present, there will be technical limitations to the amount of fat that can be transferred during a single procedure. As a result, some women may choose to have a second fat transfer to the breast several months after the original surgery. The safety of fat transfer to the breast has been established, it does not increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer or interfere with breast screening.

During a consultation, we will help you to:

    • assess the condition of your implants and capsules
    • examine your breast tissue and determine the need for pre-operative imaging and other investigations
    • establish key considerations for the implant removal and capsulectomy
    • evaluate your breast tissue characteristics and the potential benefits of breast lift or breast fat transfer at the time of implant removal
    • set expectations for the final outcome and the potential benefit for a secondary procedure
    • select appropriate areas for liposuction and fat collection

All procedures take place at the Cambie Surgery Centre, a private surgical facility in Vancouver. These are day surgery procedures that take between 2 – 4 hours. Drains are often required following a capsulectomy. In addition, a post-surgical bra and a compression garment for the liposuctioned areas will be beneficial for 3 – 6 weeks. A typical recovery allows for return to work in 2 weeks and strenuous activities by 4 weeks. Final results are apparent by 3 months.


Call 604-343-9309 or contact us online today with Dr. Owen Reid.