Is Accutane Effective to Prevent Capsule Formation if I Start Taking It the Day of The Surgery?

Hi I am getting breast augmentation today. I used isotretinoin six months ago. I was going to use accutane to prevent capsule formation but I am worried about breaking out in acne. How long should I be in it to prevent this effect and prevent capsule formation. Thanks a lot!

Doctor Answers 3

Not recommended, but ask your surgeon

Please ask your surgeon about this as I would advise against it. Where did you get the idea that Accutane can help prevent capsular contracture?

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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362 Fairlawn Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5M 1T6

Accutane for preventing capsular contracture...??

Hello, I am unfamiliar with the use of accutane for preventing capsular contracture.  Any use of medication for a purpose that is not described in the package insert is called "off label".  There have been descriptions in the plastic surgery literature of the use of Accolate   which is an asthma medication for this purpose.  The papers demonstrating efficacy are largely anecdotal in nature.  Please discuss this situation with your surgeon.

Stephen M. Chen, MD
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
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5899 Bremo Road
Richmond, VA 23226

Accutane and Breast Augmentation

   You should discuss this idea with your plastic surgeon.  I would not offer Accutane to my patient as a preventive measure for capsular contracture.  Kenneth Hughes, MD breast augmentation Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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435 North Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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