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BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL
In Scottsdale, AZ

Explant Surgery In Scottsdale, AZ

During breast augmentation procedures, implants are often placed beneath the breast tissue. The body responds by forming a layer of scar tissue, known as a capsule, around the implants. Over time, this capsule can tighten and harden, resulting in distortion, bulging, or ridging of the breast. Women experiencing capsular contracture may also suffer from pain and discomfort. The goal of breast implant capsule removal surgery is to eliminate this hardened scar tissue, addressing both the aesthetic issues and physical symptoms associated with the condition.

In Scottsdale, Dr. Jude LaBarbera leads a team of dedicated professionals to help women manage the effects of capsular contracture. During a capsulectomy, Dr. LaBarbera removes the scar tissue and may also replace the implant, depending on the patient’s needs. He has successfully assisted many women in Scottsdale and nearby areas to alleviate discomfort and achieve their desired cosmetic results.

What causes Breast Implant Capsules?

Capsule formation around breast implants is a common complication after breast augmentation and is a leading cause of breast revision surgery. Approximately 10% of patients experience severe contracture at some point, while up to 25% may have milder forms of this condition. While the exact cause of capsular contracture is unknown, many surgeons believe that the type of implant used is a significant factor. Silicone implants, for example, are more likely to cause scar tissue formation due to calcification compared to saline implants. Additionally, the placement technique can influence the risk; implants positioned above the muscle may not have sufficient coverage, increasing the chances of scar tissue development. Some surgeons also suggest that bacterial contamination on the implant shell can lead to scar tissue formation.

Since predicting how the body will heal and whether scar tissue will form is impossible, the best way to reduce the risk of capsular contracture is to choose a highly experienced surgeon for the initial breast implant surgery.

GRADES OF CAPSULAR CONTRACTURE

Breast implant capsules develop as a result of the gradual hardening of the breast tissue following implant surgery. This condition typically has a slow onset and can appear at any time after the procedure, affecting one or both breasts. Capsular contracture is classified into four grades based on the severity of the symptoms.

GRADE I

Grade I capsular contracture is characterized by the implant maintaining a largely normal state, with a soft texture and a natural appearance.

GRADE II

In Grade II capsular contracture, the implant may feel firm and appear natural, but its shape may be slightly altered.

GRADE III

In Grade III capsular contracture, the breast implant feels firm and has a visibly abnormal shape.

GRADE IV

In Grade IV capsular contracture, the implant is abnormally shaped, feels firm, and causes pain.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Jude LaBarbera will evaluate the severity of your breast implant capsules through a thorough examination and discussion. This visit to his Scottsdale office is also an ideal time for you to ask questions and express any concerns you may have. Based on his assessment, Dr. LaBarbera will create a tailored surgical plan to address your capsular contracture effectively.

IDEAL CANDIDATES FOR BREAST IMPLANT CAPSULE REMOVAL

ou might be an ideal candidate for capsulectomy if:

  • You suffer from severe capsular contracture, resulting in significant pain and discomfort
  • You are in good health and can safely undergo surgery
  • You fully understand the potential risks and benefits of the procedure

Capsulectomy is generally reserved for severe cases, such as Grade IV capsular contracture. Less severe forms of the condition can often be treated with non-surgical options like massage therapy and medications. During your consultation at Dr. Jude LaBarbera’s Scottsdale office, he will evaluate your condition and suggest the best treatment approach.

FEATURED PATIENT GALLERIES

Your Initial Consultation with Dr. Labarbera

Dr. Jude LaBarbera aims to use the same incision sites as your initial augmentation whenever feasible. Once the incisions are made, he will meticulously remove the implant and the hardened scar tissue. A new implant will then be placed.

The choice of implant for the capsular contracture surgery will be discussed and decided during your consultation with Dr. LaBarbera, taking into consideration your specific goals and expectations from the surgery.

RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY

The recovery process after breast implant capsule removal depends on the procedure performed and the patient’s individual healing ability. Typically, recovery from a capsulectomy mirrors that of the original breast augmentation surgery. Patients usually need to take about a week off work and should avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and specific tasks for a few weeks post-surgery. Dr. Jude LaBarbera provides each patient with customized recovery instructions to ensure a smooth healing process.

RESULTS OF A CAPSULE REMOVAL SURGERY

The outcomes of implant capsule removal can be quite transformative. Patients often notice their breasts regain a natural firmness and shape. Pain and discomfort in the chest typically subside as the hardened scar tissue is eliminated and the implants are replaced.

PLANNING YOUR BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL SURGERY IN ARIZONA

Capsular contracture can lead to breast distortion and significant discomfort following augmentation or reconstruction surgery. Dr. Jude LaBarbera performs capsule removal to restore a more natural appearance and improve comfort. During your initial consultation, he will provide detailed information on the surgery costs, recovery expectations, and necessary preparations for optimal results.

Dr. LaBarbera conducts these procedures in his advanced operating facility, assisted by a team of highly qualified and certified staff members.

AVERAGE COST

Price Varies

PROCEDURE TIME

1 – 3 Hours

RECOVERY TIME

1 - 2 Weeks

INSURANCE

Not Covered

Jude LaBarbera MD Plastic Surgery of Scottsdale has created this website for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide formal medical advice. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation and discuss your specific medical needs in detail.