How much would it cost me to fix this capsular contracture? (Photo)

I got my breasts done 2007 and now I want to remove them and get some advice on what should I do? Im thinking of completely removing them or maybe going to a 450ccs if I was to get them done again. or is this size to large if Im 5'3 and I weight 110.

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How much would it cost me to fix this capsular contracture?

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I am sorry to hear about the complication 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).  When it comes to cost of surgery, there may be many “variables” involved. The specific surgeon's credentials/experience level (or lack thereof), the specific geographic area you are looking at, the different operations available, the location of the procedure ( quality of surgery facility), type/quality of anesthesia provider,  type of breast implant utilized, and costs of additional   material such as cellular dermal matrix… are some of the potential variables involved.  You will find some average costs of surgery listed on this website and on individual plastic surgeons' websites (including attached link) as well.

In regards to outcome of the planned procedure, more important than costs of the procedures will be careful selection of your plastic surgeon. I would suggest starting with the American Society of Plastic Surgery and/or the Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery to obtain a list of well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.

Then, I would suggest you visit a few surgeons whose practices concentrate on aesthetic surgery. Ask to see lots of examples of their work and preferably speak/see patients who have had similar procedures done.  You may also find the attached link, demonstrating a similar “case” helpful to you.

How much would it cost me to fix this capsular contracture?

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Hello!  Thank you for your question!  Capsular contracture is certainly a potential complication that may occur with implant procedures.  Given your appearance, nothing short of surgical intervention will improve it.  Capsulectomy and implant exchange is certainly a reasonable option, if you desire to keep your implants.  Other options would be for removal or addition of a dermal matrix to hopefully help with decreasing the recurrence.  It may return even after a capsulectomy.  Some things to help would be massage of implants as well as there are some medications that have shown some benefit for recurrent capsular contracture.  Costs for a breast capsulectomy/implant exchange will certainly vary depending on your geographic location. Things to factor in for the procedure standpoint will be the facility fee, anesthesia fee, surgeon fee, other fees (e.g., liposuction/fat grafting, surgical garment, addition of a breast lift, and replacement type of implant, if used, use of a dermal matrix, capsule removal, etc.). A range in price ~$5-9K would be a reasonable cost on average for a standard capsulectomy/exchange. A consultation with your plastic surgeon will help you in determining which procedure(s) would be the right one for you. Cost also depends on the complexity of your case and how much work would need to be done to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing result for you. Good luck!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Dealing with Capsular Contracture

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Capsular contracture has been a problem with breast implants ever since breast implants were first introduced in the 1960s. Although the incidence has been significantly reduced over the years, the problem still occurs in some people with breast implants.

John Silverton, MD
Stockton Plastic Surgeon

Open capsulectomy with implant exchange for capsular contracture cost about $5000.

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Both implants should probably be replaced in total removal of the capsule was indicated. The cost will be around $5000.

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