Capsular Contracture Repair

Scarring around the implant is referred to as capsular contracture.  Prevention of capsular contracture is always the goal and this is accomplished with meticulous surgical technique and detailed and dedicated postoperative protocols and follow-up.  However, if capsular contracture does occur it can be repaired by removing the capsule and replacing the implant.

Case 1

Remove old implants under breast and replace with silicone implants under chest muscle, remove breast capsule (capsulectomy), crescent (periareolar) breast lift.

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Case 2

 

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EXPECTATIONS

LENGTH

1 Hour

ANESTHESIA

General or local with sedation

IN / OUTPATIENT

Out Patient

SIDE EFFECTS

Temporary swelling, mild bruising, and some pain

RISKS

Pain, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, implant failure, scarring around the implant (capsular contracture)

RECOVERY

Back to work: 3 days to 1 week More strenuous activity: 2 - 3 weeks

FINAL APPEARANCE

6 - 8 weeks for implants to completely descend into the final position

DURATION OF RESULTS

Permanent: the average lifespan of a breast implant is 10 years and implants may need to be replaced in a relatively minor procedure.