I Have PIP Implants, Ruptured Right & Capsule of Scar Tissue Around. Replacement Needs to Be Located in a Different Pocket?

My surgeon said since i have a rupture, he will need to remove the capsule of scar tissue as well as the implant (whats left of it) and then he will have to place the new implant behind the muscle. If anyone could explain as to why it has to go into a different pocket that would be appreciated .They are currently situated in front of the muscle and i was hoping they could go into the same space as i know its more painfull behind the muscle and i had a hemotoma with my first op :( Thanks Candice x

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I Have PIP Implants, Ruptured Right & Capsule of Scar Tissue Around. Replacement Needs to Be Located in a Different Pocket?

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I think the plan sounds reasonable, but this could only be determined with an exam and knowing more about the case. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of breast augmentations each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.




Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Implant pocket position

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In general, I prefer submuscular implants to provide more soft tissue coverage in the upper pole, and those that are placed submuscular are thought to have a lower risk of capsular contractures.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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I would go with the advice of your PS, without an exam its hard to say for certain but in general implants are positioned behind the muscle to help with scar formation and capsular contracture.  PIP implants need the capsule examined by a pathologist as well.  Your PS should be able to explain their reasoning so I would just ask them.  All the best, Dr. K

Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS
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