Breast Capsulectomy is a surgical procedure developed to remove scarring resulting from the body’s reaction to breast implants.
What is it?
• Capsulectomy is an operation to remove the scar tissue (capsule) that develops around breast implants
• Although harmless, capsules can change the shape of the breast implant and weaken its surface, which could lead to splitting
• The need for this procedure is becoming less common as breast implant technology improves
• Surgery is done on one or both breasts and will depend on the position of the capsule and the degree of concern caused by the scar tissue
What is involved?
• Your surgeon will choose where to make the cuts in order to minimise visible scarring. This is usually in the crease beneath your breast.
• The skin and breast tissue are then lifted and some or all of the capsule is removed
• Your surgeon may decide to replace the old implant at the same time
• A breast capsulectomy will take 2 - 3 hours to complete
• You will be given a general anaesthetic and will need to stay in hospital overnight
• You will be able to carry out light duties the day after your operation
• Strenuous activity, however, must be avoided for at least 10 days
• You can expect to make a full recovery within 2 weeks
Possible side effects
• You may experience nausea following the general anaesthetic, along with soreness and swelling of the area, all of which are temporary
• Recurrence is likely - all breast implants create some capsular growth, but most do not lead to any problems
• A capsulectomy is therefore used to remove “problem” capsule growths only
• Sometimes, however, the position of the growth may cause some discomfort or adversely affect the breast shape