Capsulorrhaphy Breast Revision
Scottsdale AZ & GIlbert AZ

Capsulorrhaphy is performed to reshape the capsular contracture, or capsule, that surrounds an implant.

About Breast Capsulorrhaphy

It’s important to understand capsulorrhaphy definition because it is similar to other breast procedures used to correct problems with breast implants and the capsular contracture around it.

Over time, gravity will pull on the weight of an implant, stretching and thinning it out and disrupting the capsule, or pocket around it. Breast capsulorrhaphy works to reshape or recontour a capsule to fit back within the sutures around the implant. It avoids surgery to remove part or all of the capsule or the implant, instead, it tightens a capsule pocket that’s become misshapen and repositions it into a more supportive place.

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How to Prepare for Capsulorrhaphy Breast Revision?

Preparation for this procedure is the same as any breast implant revision and includes avoiding painkillers, supplements, and other medications that can thin the blood. Patients who will be sedated should not eat after midnight the day of the procedure. A local anesthetic may be used instead.

What to Expect from a Capsulorrhaphy Breast Procedure?

Like any surgery, there will be soreness and swelling afterward. Since this is surgery to repair a problem, it is extremely important to get enough rest and recovery — at least six weeks. Do not attempt to lift heavy objects for a few months. A surgical bra may be recommended to provide additional support.

Capsulorrhaphy Breast Revision FAQs

Advances have greatly improved success, particularly when combined with patient cooperation to allow adequate time to heal.

Acellular Dermal Matrix, or ADM, is a soft tissue made from skin and synthetics, that has been used in recent years to add additional support for capsulorrhaphy breast revision procedures. It encourages the patient’s own cells to move in and populate the graft area. This and other improvements have boosted success rates for this surgery to around 90%.

That is certainly one of the options a patient can choose, but it may be unnecessary. Keep in mind that this procedure is used when an implant has shifted or fallen, not ruptured or burst. Capsulorrhaphy is less traumatic than breaking and removing all or part of the capsule and removing and replacing an implant that is still functional.
This surgery repairs a weakened structure. It’s not a question of just allowing a scar to heal and swelling to resolve; there are also internal sutures that need to heal and tissue to regrow in the area that’s essential to keep the implant supported and in place.

Do you suspect your breast implant has fallen? Contact us for a consultation to discuss your options.