There are two primary procedures that are used to resolve capsular contracture:
This procedure is used for patients whose implants were placed above the muscle and show no indication of leakage or rupture. The procedure requires a small incision to gain access to the implant capsule and allow it to expand. Dr. Sajan will create a larger pocket for the implant, and close the incision.
This procedure is reserved for conditions in which the implant is showing signs of leakage or trauma. Dr. Sajan will make an incision, remove the encapsulating scar tissue and implant, replace it with a new breast implant, and close the incision.
Regardless of the approach used, your surgery will take place in our state-licensed surgery center and typically will not require an overnight hospital stay. An anesthesiologist will administer general (deep sleep) anesthesia or an intravenous sedation and anesthesia, and you'll be monitored closely throughout the procedure to ensure your safety.
Recovery from your corrective capsular contracture treatment will usually take between one and two weeks. You may experience some mild pain and bruising immediately after the surgery and you will likely be asked to wear a compression garment for several days to keep swelling to a minimum. Although most of our patients feel well enough to return to work within about one week, you'll need to continue to avoid strenuous activities for approximately six weeks to ensure an optimal healing process.
Dr. Sajan will give you detailed information on how to care for your incisions, any prescribed oral and topical medications you'll need to take, and your follow-up visits. The results of your Seattle capsular contracture treatment should be fully evident at about three months, after the bruising and swelling have fully resolved. At that point, your breasts should appear natural and soft once again.