What is Breast Capsulectomy?
Breast capsulectomy is a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Karan Chopra, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with expertise in plastic surgery of the face, breast, eyes, and body. This procedure is designed to address complications that can arise after breast augmentation surgery, specifically the formation of scar tissue around the breast implant known as capsular contracture.
Understanding Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture occurs when the body’s natural response to a foreign object, such as a breast implant, leads to the formation of excessive scar tissue. This scar tissue can tighten and squeeze the implant, causing discomfort, distortion of the breast shape, and in severe cases, pain. Capsular contracture can occur in one or both breasts and can range in severity.
The Breast Capsulectomy Procedure
During a breast capsulectomy, Dr. Chopra carefully removes the scar tissue capsule surrounding the breast implant. This procedure can be performed using various techniques, including an open capsulectomy or a closed capsulotomy.
In an open capsulectomy, an incision is made along the existing breast augmentation incision. The scar tissue capsule is then dissected and removed, allowing for the placement of a new implant if desired.
A closed capsulotomy, on the other hand, involves manually breaking up the scar tissue capsule without removing it. This technique is typically reserved for less severe cases of capsular contracture.
Benefits of Breast Capsulectomy
- Relief from discomfort and pain associated with capsular contracture
- Improved breast shape and symmetry
- Enhanced aesthetic appearance of the breasts
- Opportunity to replace the implant with a new one, if desired
Dr. Karan Chopra’s Approach
Dr. Karan Chopra is known for his revolutionary techniques that yield natural-looking results unique to each patient. He is dedicated to safety, quality, research, innovation, and meticulous attention to detail in plastic surgery.
With over 10+ years of experience and a track record of 500+ happy patients, Dr. Chopra has garnered a reputation for his artistic hand, natural results, quick recovery techniques, sympathetic bedside manner, and a wonderful staff team.
Education and Training
Dr. Chopra’s extensive education and training have equipped him with the skills necessary to perform breast capsulectomy and other plastic surgery procedures:
- Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis
- Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital & University of Maryland Combined Program
- Oculoplastic & Aesthetic Fellowship with Dr. Mark Codner, a world leader in plastic surgery
- Joint Denervation, Migraine & Headache Surgery training at The Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Contact Dr. Karan Chopra
If you are experiencing complications from breast augmentation surgery, such as capsular contracture, Dr. Karan Chopra can help. With offices in Miami and Minneapolis, he offers a range of signature surgeries, including breast capsulectomy, facelift/necklift, facial slimming, and mommy makeover.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Chopra and his team, visit here.
FAQs about Breast Capsulectomy
What is a breast capsulectomy?
A breast capsulectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the scar tissue (capsule) that forms around breast implants. This scar tissue can sometimes become thick and tight, causing discomfort, distortion of the breast shape, or implant malposition.
Who is a candidate for breast capsulectomy?
What is the recovery process like after a breast capsulectomy?
The recovery process after a breast capsulectomy can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Generally, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any discomfort. It is important to follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions, including wearing a supportive bra and avoiding strenuous activities for a certain period of time.