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What is total capsulectomy?

Total capsulectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the unwanted breast implant and the surrounding scar tissue capsules. The surgeon makes an incision on the scar tissues to extract the implant, following which the capsule material is removed separately. This method allows for the complete removal of the breast implant and scar tissues, leaving nothing behind.

Remove the entire capsule; not just the implant

When a foreign object is placed within the body, such as an implant, your body forms a capsule of scar tissue around the object as a protective mechanism. The scar tissue capsule that forms around the implant is essentially a snug container that keeps the implant in place and prevents it from shifting out of place. However, the scar tissue capsule may harden and contract (capsular contracture), leading to pain and discomfort.

Capsular contracture is one of the primary reasons to undergo breast implant removal, but it’s not the only reason. You may need to remove the breast implants because of the symptoms of breast implant illness (BII), breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), leaks/ruptures, or aesthetic and personal reasons. Even if everything goes smoothly, breast implants have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years, following which they must be removed.

Dr. Khan only recommends capsulectomy techniques, such as en bloc and total capsulectomy, for breast implant removal. He removes the entire breast implant and the surrounding scar tissue capsules to restore your health and minimize the risk of BBI or BIA-ALCL-associated illnesses and health conditions.

Benefits of total capsulectomy:

  • Removes the entire breast implant and scar tissue capsule
  • Removes hardened and painful scar tissues
  • Improves overall comfort
  • Provides relief from the symptoms of BII and BIA-ALCL
  • Improves overall quality of life

Am I a suitable candidate for total capsulectomy?

Dr. Khan performs a thorough consultation and evaluation to determine if you’re a good candidate for total capsulectomy. He recommends breast implant removal for women suffering from the symptoms of BII and BIA-ALCL, those suffering from a capsular contracture or other complications, or even those who want to remove the implant for aesthetic or personal reasons. However, whether you need a total capsulectomy or en bloc capsulectomy will be determined after a thorough examination.

Your personalized total capsulectomy journey in Michigan

Consultation

Your total capsulectomy journey starts with a thorough consultation and evaluation. Dr. Khan will carefully evaluate your condition, discuss your symptoms and why you’re pursuing breast implant removal, determine if you have the symptoms of BII and BIA-ALCL, and curate a personalized treatment plan. You can also expect a couple of exams after your consultation. He will also discuss your options, answer your questions, and ensure you feel emotionally comfortable.

Surgery

Your surgery will be performed at our state-of-the-art QUAD A-certified surgical center under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision under the fold of your breasts (inframammary fold), following which he dissects the superficial implant pocket to remove the entire implant and the surrounding scar tissues. Once all the scar tissues are removed, he cleans the breast implant pocket and closes the incisions.

Recovery

The post-surgery recovery process is different for everyone. You can expect swelling, tenderness, numbness, and bruising around the breasts for a few weeks. You will have to wear compression garments or support bras for a few weeks to reduce swelling. While you can resume low-level activities in a week, the entire recovery process may take 4 to 6 weeks. You must follow Dr. Khan’s post-surgery aftercare guidelines to ensure optimal safety and minimize the risk of complications.

Why choose Dr. Khan?

Dr. Khan is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, explant specialist, and breast implant illness advocate. He is deeply empathetic and strictly avoids breast implant enhancements because the risks are not worth it. Furthermore, he specializes in the en bloc capsulectomy technique, which is currently the gold standard in breast implant removal. Please schedule an appointment to explore your breast implant removal options.

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