Breast Capsulectomy Surgery
When a breast implant is performed on a patient, the body will wall it off and form a capsule that surrounds the implant. This capsule can vary in thickness from patient to patient. Patients with capsules that contain muscle cells have the ability to contract and misshape the breast altogether. This contraction is called a capsule contraction. It may cause pain, break, rupture, and deform the shape of the breast altogether. The removal of this capsule is done through breast capsulectomy surgery.
Procedure: A capsulectomy will involve total or partial removal of the capsule and will usually involve the replacement of the implants. The method of inserting and positioning your implants depend on your preferences, your anatomy, and your surgeon’s opinion. Normally, implants are inserted through an incision in the natural crease under the breast. Other methods of insertion are through an incision in the armpit or around the areola. These incisions are closed using fine dissolving sutures. They are also taped to provide better support during the healing process. General anesthesia is used and you may be required to stay overnight at the hospital. There are some cases where patients can go home on the same day.
Length of the procedure: 1 – 2 hours
Recovery: People usually feel tired after the first few days of capsulectomy. There will be bruising and swelling. This is natural and you may even address the pain with prescription medications from your surgeon. There will be a light dressing in place for the first two weeks and this must be kept dry. After that period, the dressing is removed, inspected, and cleaned. Scars will be firm and pink for about two months and may take several more months to heal. On average, it takes about two years for the scars to completely fade. You must also visit your surgeon for follow up visits so that they can check on how you are doing from time to time. Recovery periods vary from patient to patient. There are some patients who are able to return to work after just a few days. You can walk around and do light activities after the day of surgery but you are not supposed to participate in any strenuous activities for the next two weeks. All in all, the average recovery time for patients is one to two weeks.
a better balance in the volume and form of the breasts
easiness in finding clothes that fit evenly across the chest
an improved sense of comfort especially in body-conscious clothing
Risks and complications:
Negative response to the anesthesia
Loss of sensation at the nipples and the breasts
Inability to breast feed
Recurrence of the contracture problem