Correcting Capsular Contracture After Giving Birth

How long do you wait after giving birth to correct Capsular Contracture? Can you correct Capsular Contracture while breast feeding?

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Correcting Capsular Contracture After Giving Birth

Sorry to hear about the complications you have experienced. Capsular contraction can be a very frustrating complication for both patients and surgeons.  In my practice, I have found the most success treating these difficult problems utilizing techniques such as sub muscular pocket conversion (if relevant), capsulectomy, use of fresh implants, and the use of acellular dermal matrix.  Acellular dermal matrix is a biologic implant that carries the ability to become integrated into native tissue. It is made by taking a full thickness section of skin from a donor source ( human, porcine, or bovine in origin).  You should wait at least 3 to 6 months after you have stopped breast-feeding prior to undergoing breast surgery. I hope this, and the attached link ( demonstrating a case utilizing acellular dermal matrix) helps. 

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Capsular contracture and breast feeding

If you have a capsular contracture and are breast feeding then you should wait several months after completing breast feeding to have them fixed.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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your breasts need to completely stabilize after breast feeding. They need to return to a normal state where there is no milk, the tissues have settled, and the skin stabilizes. Then a good asessment and plan can be made.

Michael S. Beckenstein, MD
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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Wait until after breast is stable

It would not be prudent to operate on your capsular contracture while you are breast-feeding for a number of reasons assuming it is just a benign, stable condition. You should wait a few months after you stop breast-feeding to allow your breasts to dry up and assume their final stable size and shape before you do corrective surgery. You might find that your shape or size has changed so dramatically that you will want to revise your breasts in more ways than simply releasing the capsule.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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