How long does it take for the capsule to dissolve back into the body after breast implant removal?
How Long Does It Take for the Capsule to Dissolve Back into the Body After Breast Implant Removal?
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Breast implants always are associated with the formation of a capsule. Some capsules are more thick and firm than others. When implants are removed all but the softest capsules should be removed at least in part to allow the breast to remain soft. The capsule does not vanish if not removed. My video below shows a firm calcified silicone gel capsule that was removed at the time of implant removal.
John DI Saia MD
If the capsule is removed it increases the risk of bleeding. If a silicone gel implant has ruptured then removal of the capsule would be recommended otherwise I would leave it alone unless it was calcified. If there is distortion of the breast after implant removal may also be a reason to remove the capsule. The capsule probably never fully gets resorbed and refinements will be there for a long time. This would not cause a health risk.
The breast capsule is a response to the implant. Unless it is removed surgically, it always stays in some form.
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