Removal of capsule that surrounds breast implants is it necessary? (photos)

I have non Hodgkin's lymphoma and I don't want left inside anything that may cause infection,will leaving capsule or part of capsule in breast cavity after breast implant removal cause on going infection.?

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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?

Thank you for asking about your breast implant removal.
  • 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.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

You may want to reconsider having your implants removed

if your implants look good, you may want to leave them alone. it is very unlikely that they will get infected. however, if you insist on removing them, if the capsule is soft, your surgeon should leave it alone since trying to get it off of the muscle etc will just cause a lot of bleeding. the capsule is just the body's normal scar tissue around a foreign body ie the implant.david berman md

David E. Berman, MD
Sterling Plastic Surgeon
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