Breast capsulectomy is a major procedure that may sometimes be performed to correct capsular contracture following breast implant cosmetic surgery. During the initial consultation, the breast revision surgeon will explain all aspects of the procedure, including the estimated recovery.
Dr. Hisham Seify is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast capsulectomy and other breast revision procedures to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding locations.
Factors Affecting Recovery
Recovery after a capsulectomy can significantly vary from one patient to another, depending on a few factors. The surgical technique used to perform the procedure, the size and location of incisions, and the type of anesthesia used will have an influence on the recovery process.
Recovery period will also depend on whether or not breast implant was re-inserted, and whether an additional procedure such as breast lift plastic surgery was performed along with capsulectomy. The patient’s natural ability to recovery, and how closely she follows the surgeon’s post-operative instructions will also determine the success and speed of the recovery.
Minimizing Risk of Complications
An experienced cosmetic surgeon will perform capsulectomy with the help of advanced technology and latest surgical techniques to ensure that the recovery is faster and more comfortable. The surgeon will incorporate a few preventative measures during the breast capsulectomy procedure and throughout the recovery phase in order to minimize the risk of recurring problems with capsular contracture in the future.
The surgeon will also provide a detailed list of post-operative care instructions, call the patient for follow-up appointments to monitor the progress, and address any concerns promptly to ensure safe recovery. Dr. Seify receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas for breast capsulectomy and various other procedures.
Immediate Post-Op Phase
Following capsulectomy, the patient will be required to spend a few hours in the recovery area at the surgical facility. Thereafter, she can return home with the assistance of a family member or a friend. The incisions will be covered with a surgical dressing, and surgical drain may be placed beneath the skin. This will be removed in about three to five days.
Minor pain, swelling and bruising is expected in the first few days in the treated area. The surgeon will prescribe pain medications to ameliorate the discomfort. As far as possible, the patient should sleep with the back and head in an elevated position. This will help to mitigate swelling. Sleeping on the stomach should be avoided for a few months.
Longer Term Recovery
The initial recovery period can vary from one to three weeks, depending on various factors. Once the bruising and tenderness have subsided, the patient will be in a position to return to normal activities. In about a week’s time, many of the patients would be able to drive and return to work.
However, they should continue to avoid vigorous activities and heavy lifting of weights for at least four weeks to minimize the risk of painful swelling. Post-surgical scars will appear pink and firm for about one to three months, and some scars will take a significantly longer time to fade completely.