Even with the best techniques and talents, there are always risks that come with surgeries like breast augmentation. One of the most common complications of breast augmentation is capsular contracture, which can negatively affect your results and health. In this case, a secondary procedure to correct and replace your implants can be beneficial.
Women who experience complications with their breast augmentation or breast reconstruction results can benefit from a removal or exchange procedure with capsulectomy techniques. Depending on the grade of capsular contracture, the implants can become displaced by a capsule of scar tissue that forms around one or both. This can feel hard or even be painful.
A breast implant removal or exchange can be an effective way to correct your results and achieve relief from capsular contracture. The benefits of this procedure include:
- Removal of hard or painful scar tissue
- Replacement of implants that have become displaced or distorted
- Improvement of the appearance of the breasts that have succumbed to capsular contracture
Each woman is unique in her results after breast augmentation or reconstruction, so a breast implant removal or exchange will be tailored to your specific situation and complications.
It is important to note that not every woman who experiences capsular contracture will require corrective surgery. There are four different grades of capsular contracture, called Baker Grade I-IV. In Grade I-II, a normal, soft, or slightly firm capsule forms around the implant and the results are successful. In Grades III-IV, the implant will feel firmer and even hard. The implants can also be displaced and look uneven or crooked. During a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons, we can assess your results and determine whether you might benefit from a corrective procedure.
There are a few different techniques and tools that can be used during this corrective procedure. Your plastic surgeon will create the ideal surgical plan for you based on your goals and complications.
Depending on your grade of capsular contracture, your implants may be reinserted during the procedure or removed. Whether you decide to exchange your implants for new ones or remove them completely is up to you. During an exchange procedure, you can opt to keep your same type and size of the implant or choose new ones. If you opt to remove your implants, your plastic surgeon can discuss your options for rejuvenating your breasts after the implants are removed using specialized techniques.
During a capsulectomy procedure, the layer of scar tissue that surrounds the implant is removed using surgical techniques. The process of forming scar tissue is a normal occurrence during any implant surgery and is the natural way that your body ‘quarantines’ the foreign body. It is often made of collagen, fibroblasts, and blood vessels. This only becomes problematic when it begins to displace the implant or cause pain and discomfort.
Your recovery from this procedure will be similar to your recovery from breast augmentation or reconstruction. Your plastic surgeon will ensure you know what to expect and may also provide explicit steps to follow to prevent the formation of capsular contracture in the future. This might include prescribed medications or massages. You can expect to take one or two weeks away from regular activities to rest and recover.
At Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, we offer expert techniques and experience in treating implant complications. During a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons, we can discuss your best options for achieving your ideal results and finding relief from complications. To meet with us and learn more, contact our Phoenix office by calling or filling out our online form.