Capsulectomy - Removal of Hard Scar Tissue From a Previous Breast Surgery or Enlargement

Sometimes even the most successful breast implant or reconstruction surgeries can be unfortunately offset by how our body reacts to the healing process. This is the case because everyone's body is different. At LINIA, our capsulectomy surgery is your solution to painful or unsightly scarring that may happen after breast surgery.

Capsulectomy - Removal of Hard Scar Tissue From a Previous Breast Surgery or Enlargement

Sometimes even the most successful breast implant or reconstruction surgeries can be unfortunately offset by how our body reacts to the healing process. This is the case because everyone’s body is different. At LINIA, our capsulectomy surgery is your solution to painful or unsightly scarring that may happen after breast surgery.

As a result of invasive surgeries such as breast surgery or enlargement, scar tissue can form as part of the natural healing process. After breast surgery, if your scars become enlarged, hard or too thick, this can directly cause pain or negatively affect the result you desired before having the surgery.

Our highly experienced cosmetic surgeons at LINIA recommend and offer the solution of a capsulectomy surgery procedure to help reduce the appearance and pain of scarring whilst treating the capsular contracture and replacing the breast implant. After your surgery, you should be alleviated of the discomfort and see a dramatic improvement the appearance and feel of the breasts.

If you’re ready to book a consultation for a capsulectomy, contact us now

Read on to find out more information about this procedure; including how the procedure is performed as well as its effectiveness in resolving the issue of sore, unprepossessing scar tissue.

What is Capsulectomy Surgery?

When you have a breast reconstruction or have an implant removed, the body forms what is known as a capsule which is scar tissue around the implant. A capsule is an entirely normal bodily response to any foreign body, as an attempt to isolate said object by creating the barrier of scar tissue around it.

If there is muscle within that capsule, a capsular contracture can form, meaning the capsule contracts and this may cause your implant to deform or rupture.

When capsular contracture occurs, it is often vital that you have a capsulectomy (in most cases paired with an implant removal at the same time if the patient wishes) to protect your breasts and the surrounding tissue and muscle, and in the process to restore your breasts to a more natural looking shape.

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What Happens During the Capsulectomy Procedure?

In most situations you will be given a general anaesthetic for a capsulectomy, and it will take between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete the surgery.

The incision will be made depending on your circumstances and the severity of your capsular contracture.

The specialist surgeon performing the procedure will release any build-up of scar tissue and then remove the implant (if required) as well as the capsule safely.

If you desire, the surgeon will replace your implant with a new one and close the incision using stitches. It may be that a light dressing needs to be placed over the wound to aid the healing process.

Although this surgery can be performed as an outpatient procedure, if you have a particularly severe case, you may need to stay in hospital for at least one night.

How Long Does Recovery Take After Breast Capsulectomy?

After you’ve had your capsulectomy, you won’t be able to drive for two weeks, whether you are admitted to an overnight hospital stay or not.

Therefore, it’s vital you arrange someone to pick you up and drive you home after your surgery whether this be your spouse/partner, a relative or a friend.

Your breasts will most likely feel painful and tender with some bruising after the procedure. If you are prescribed pain killers, make sure you follow the directions and take them accordingly.

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It is recommended that you invest in a special support bra for at least 2 weeks following the surgery. Your surgeon can help recommend a suitable option for you.

If you have a dressing over the site of the incision, make sure you keep it dry and clean.

You will also be advised to avoid anything too strenuous such as working out for at least a month after your surgery, until you have been given all clear by your cosmetic surgeon.

Make sure to also discuss when you will be able to return to work before you have the procedure so you can make the appropriate arrangements with your employer.

The scars can take just a few months to start fading if the healing process is carried out correctly.

What are the risks of a capsulectomy?

Although most people experience a positive experience when they have a capsulectomy, like any other cosmetic surgery, there are some general complications you should be aware of that can happen with a surgical procedure:

  • Blood clotting/DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • Allergic reaction caused by the anaesthetic
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pain

There are also some risks that are uncommon, but more specific to a capsulectomy, including:

  • Implant problems
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Recurrence of capsular contracture
  • Injury to the nerves
  • Problems and being unable to breastfeed
  • Reduction or loss of sensation in your nipple(s)

You can rest assured that your surgeon at LINIA will be highly experienced professional in this procedure and every step possible is taken to minimize these risks.

What are the risks of not having the surgery and addressing the Capsular Contracture?

For most patients, capsular contracture is uncomfortable at best, and extremely painful at worst. Aesthetically, it often also distorts the result of a surgery, leaving a patient unhappy with their breasts. A capsulectomy addresses and solves both issues.

For more information about this procedure or if you would like to book an initial consultation appointment, contact us directly.

We have a dedicated team of warm, friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff who are more than happy to talk to you and help book you in at your convenience.

 


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