Please read some of the most common questions we get below!

Does Dr. McInnes do any other procedures not specifically listed?

Absolutely! There are many procedures not yet listed that Dr. McInnes performs. If you are interested in a procedure not specifically listed, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

Are there any before and after pictures?

Dr. McInnes has lots of before and after pictures that his patients have consented for in-office viewership. He will be happy to show you them during your consultation as he loves to display his work and help his patients understand what to expect from their procedure.

Form Fee

All single page forms have a minimum charge of $156+GST. Additional fees apply for subsequent pages (minimum $50 per page, depending on complexity).

Please note the following:

  • Patients need to review their own forms, legibly complete their section (eg. demographic data), and be prepared to answer any questions Dr. McInnes has pertaining to questions on the forms
  • Forms are faxed from our office only after payment is received
  • It can take 1-2 weeks for form completion
  • Forms will usually not be completed during your visit due to time restraints
How long is the wait for surgery?

Patients typically book well in advance, particularly if they have a preferred surgery date. That being said, there are occasionally last-minute cancellations and we do our best to accommodate requests. If you have a preferred surgery date in mind, we suggest you call our office (604-515-8847) to reserve your consultation today.

How should I choose my plastic surgeon?

Choosing the ideal surgeon is one of the most important decisions you will make with respect to your overall experience and outcome. Do not be confused by other official sounding boards and certifications. The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons is the only plastic surgery specialty recognized by the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada. Unfortunately, there are very few restrictions enforced on other physicians or non-physicians who offer plastic surgery procedures or call themselves plastic surgeons of some variety. There are no certifying boards with “cosmetic surgery” that are recognized by the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada (or in the USA). While other surgeons can learn and perform a plastic surgery procedure, sometimes from a weekend course, they are not plastic surgeons and do not gain the same in-depth training. This can reduce their ability to adapt to variations in anatomy, or intra-operative findings. Both the Canadian and American Society of Plastic Surgeons, of which Dr. McInnes is a dual member in good standing, only admit candidates from accredited plastic surgery training programs who have completed rigorous technical training programs, written and oral examinations in plastic surgery, and complete ongoing medical certification. Dr. McInnes has also been featured here as one of the best plastic surgeons in Vancouver. Be certain to check your surgeon’s membership status as one method of verifying you’re seeing a true plastic surgeon.

I live in a different province, can I still get Dr. McInnes to perform my private surgery?

Dr. McInnes performs consultations with patients from across BC and Canada. While he prefers to see his patients in person, we can also arrange virtual consultation for out of town patients. Your virtual consultation can be arranged wherever you have access to a smartphone or computer with a webcam. Prior to your consult, Dr. McInnes will ask you:

  • The procedure you are interested in
  • To complete the provided medical history form
  • To upload photos of your area of concern

The consult will offer an opportunity to meet Dr. McInnes, have him understand your treatment goals, and hear his recommendations. In certain cases it may not be possible to properly assess you concerns through the virtual consultation, and you may be asked to come in for a standard, in-person examination. For a virtual consultation, please contact our office, and Dr. McInnes will be happy to meet with you. Please note that the BC College of Physicians will not insure BC physicians and surgeons for treating American patients.

My friend got surgery in a different country (or from a different surgeon) that was less expensive, why is plastic surgery expensive?

Surgery is inherently expensive as there are many team members involved in addition to the surgeon. Much like everything else, you get what you pay for. Dr. McInnes wants all his patients to get the best possible outcome, and therefore charges for the extra time required to perform a finessed operation. In many developing countries, these procedures are done in a “cookie cutter” manner, and “plastic surgeons” won’t spend any extra time during the surgery if it’s going to decrease their profit margin. More worrisome, is that your “plastic surgeon” might be a dentist performing breast augmentation, an obstetrician performing a facelift, or a family physician doing your tummy tuck. There are fewer regulations in private surgery, and plenty of false advertising (even in Canada and the USA), so buyer beware. Quality control measures taken in Canada, from accreditation of surgical facilities and plastic surgeon training standards, are high. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to see patients in the emergency department with complications from procedures performed outside of the country. If you’re treated by Dr. McInnes, you’ll be managed and cared for by a board-certified plastic surgeon from your initial consultation to your surgery, and post-operatively.

What can I do to “optimize myself” for surgery?
  • Eat healthy: vegetables, fruit, sufficient lean protein, vitamin supplementation, stay hydrated
    • Dr. McInnes has a diet handout he can provide you if you’re planning to lose weight, just ask!
  • Exercise: strengthen you muscles, get in shape
  • Reduce alcohol intake (eg. less than one standard drink per day)
  • Quit smoking: absolutely no smoking (or vaping or marijuana) minimum 3 weeks before and 4 weeks after surgery (ideally 4 weeks or longer)
  • Stop herbal supplements, vitamins, fish oils etc. 7 days before surgery (they can increase bleeding)
  • Ensure you have stopped any blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Advil (ibuprofen), or warfarin as recommended by Dr. McInnes