Removal of capsule that surrounds breast implants is it necessary? (photos)
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Capsulectomy with implant removal
Leaving some capsule behind will not cause a risk of infection. Your surgeon will remove as much of the capsule as possible, but complete removal is not necessary and often not possible, as it may be densely attached to your ribs if behind the muscle. Your surgeon may use drains for several days to make sure there is no fluid in your breast, which may be a small risk of infection. Hope your health remains good, Regards, Dr Steve Merten, Sydney, Australia
Breast implant removal - risk of infection?
- A very good question -
- If you have a capsular contracture (hard breast), there is a good chance it arose from a biofilm infection on the implant.
- In this case, assuming the capsule is thick, it is best to remove it entirely.
- If your breasts are soft and the capsule is thin, the capsule does not need to be removed and doing so may lead to removal of normal tissue and excessive bleeding.
You may want to reconsider having your implants removed
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