Capsular contracture is a complication after a breast augmentation procedure that can happen from a few months post-surgery to decades later.
Around all implants, a fibrous capsule (scar tissue) is formed to keep it in place and protected.
For reasons that are not totally understood, this capsule can sometimes become thicker and contract. In its severe form, it causes discomfort and can distort the breasts. In these rare circumstances, the capsule needs to be surgically removed and the implant replaced.
How much does breast implant removal cost?
In some cases, Capsulectomy has an item number and patients may get a rebate from Medicare and their health fund. The hospital costs may be covered by private health funds depending on the patients’ level and type of cover. At your first consultation, Dr Safvat and his team will discuss all the costs associated with the surgery.
Smoking and being overweight have been shown to cause more complications after surgery. Dr Safvat will insist that you stop smoking at least 4 weeks before your surgery. He will also strongly encourage and help you to lose any excess weight. Being physically healthy and at a stable weight will ensure you have a positive experience and achieve the best results.
Will implant removal cause my breasts to sag?
Unfortunately, removing your implants will cause your breasts to revert to their original state. If you originally underwent augmentation due to sagginess, your breasts will look like they once did once your implants are removed. If your implants were much larger than your natural breasts, they may look different after removal, mainly because your skin will have stretched. Dr Safvat can take you through your options and determine whether you would benefit from a breast lift after implant removal. This could result in a more natural-looking result after surgery.
My implants are older than 10 years, do I need to have them removed?
Most breast implants last for a minimum of 10 years, provided no complications occur. If you aren’t experiencing any issues and you’re still happy with the shape and size, implant removal is not necessary. With this being said, if you haven’t had your implants checked in a while, you may want to do this at the 10-year mark to ensure they’re still healthy. From there, you can discuss your options with Dr Safvat and determine whether you should remove or replace them.