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

Even the most successful breast implants or reconstruction surgeries can be offset by how our body decides to heal. At Linia Cosmetic, our capsulectomy surgery is your solution to painful or unsightly scarring.

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

Most invasive surgeries will mean that scar tissue forms as part of the natural healing process. In breast surgery, such as a reconstruction after cancer or breast enlargement, if your scars become enlarged, hard or too thick, this can cause pain or negatively affect the result you were looking for.

Our highly experienced cosmetic surgeons at Linia recommend and offer a capsulectomy surgery procedure in these cases as a solution.

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

Or read on to find out more information about this procedure; how it is done and its effectiveness in resolving your issue of painful, unsightly 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 or scar tissue around the implant.

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

When capsular contracture occurs, it is vital that you have a capsulectomy (sometimes paired with an implant removal at the same time if the patient wishes) to protect your breasts and the surrounding tissue and muscle, as well as return it to a more naturally-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 procedure.

It will depend on your circumstances and the severity of your capsular contracture where the incision will be made.

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

If desired, they 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.

Although it 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, whether you are admitted to hospital overnight or not.

Therefore, it’s vital you make arrangements with your spouse/partner, a relative or friend to pick you up and drive you home.

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

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It could be that you need to invest in a special bra for at least 2 weeks following the procedure. Your surgeon will inform you if this is the case.

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, until you have been given the 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.

It may be a few months before the scars start to fade.

What are the risks of a capsulectomy?

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

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

There are also some risks which 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 in this procedure and every step 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 end result of a surgery, leaving a patient unhappy with their breasts. A capsulectomy addresses both of these 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 very knowledgeable staff happy to talk to you and book your in at your convenience.


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