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Treatment of
Capsular Contracturein Beverly Hills, CA

contracting scar tissue

Have you noticed your breast implant has moved to a higher position on your chest? Do you feel pain in your breast? Does it feel unusually hard? You may be suffering from capsular contracture.

What is aCapsular Contracture?

Capsular contracture refers to a condition where the internal scar tissue forming a capsule around a breast implant begins to compress the implant. The breast can become rigid and painful due to the scar tissue contracting around the implant.

The treatment is a surgical procedure that corrects these complications by removing the implant and the scar tissue surrounding it. “Capsular Contracture: Although the formation of a scar-tissue capsule around the implant is a common occurrence, it can become harder and thicker over time. This leads to capsular contracture, which is uncomfortable and can become dangerous. Revision surgery can be used to release the capsule or remove it entirely so the patient can be more comfortable.” - Dr. Ordon

How Severe Is Capsular Contracture?

The majority of all instances of capsular contracture occur during the healing process. Approximately 75% occur within two years of the primary breast implant surgery. If you are experiencing symptoms of capsular contracture you will no doubt be wondering how severe the condition is and how urgently it needs to be addressed. There is a four-grade system known as the Baker scale which gives you some insight into the severity of the condition. The higher the grade the more urgently a capsulectomy should be performed.

  • Grade I – Asymptomatic, meaning showing no symptoms: the breast feels soft to the touch and looks natural in shape and size
  • Grade II – Features a minor cosmetic symptom: the breast is slightly firm to the touch but still looks normal.
  • Grade III – There are more obvious cosmetic symptoms: the breast is quite firm to the touch and looks abnormal, including too round.
  • Grade IV – The breast is hard and feels sore and painful to the touch and clearly looks abnormal.

What isthe Procedure?

When a capsule around a breast implant becomes too tight and thick and reduces the space for the implant, a procedure is needed to correct the problem. There are three types of capsular contracture procedures:

Capsulectomy

During a capsulectomy, the implant and the surrounding tissue capsule are taken out before a new implant with a dermal matrix collagen-type material is inserted. The body forms a new capsule of healthy scar tissue around the new material.

Open Capsulotomy

Open Capsulotomy involves a small incision is made to open and remove part of the tissue capsule around the implant. By opening the capsule, it allows the implant to expand and have more room to move around.

Autologous Reconstruction

Autologous reconstruction removes the implant and reconstructs the breast with tissue from another area of the body like the stomach or buttocks. This procedure eliminates the risk that capsular contracture will occur again because the tissue capsule will not form around a flap of tissue. Autologous reconstruction is more complex and has a longer recovery time than a capsulectomy or open capsulotomy.

Am I a Candidate for Capsulectomy?

Any woman in good overall health is a good candidate for our Beverly Hills capsular contracture treatment. Someone who is experiencing pain in her breasts or notices changes in the size and shape of her breast should definitely consider this procedure and schedule a consultation at the Plastic Surgery Institute.

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Non-Surgical CapsularContracture Treatment

Ultrasound is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that can treat capsular contracture. It softens the scar tissue through the use of soundwaves that increase blood supply to the area.

Finding the Best Surgeon to Treat Capsular Contracture

It is important that you feel confident you are getting the best Beverly Hills capsular contracture surgeon available. You want a board-certified and experienced capsular contracture surgeon who will make your breasts look and feel more natural and ensure the corrective results are long-lasting. At the Plastic Surgery Institute, our Beverly Hills capsular contracture surgeons are equipped with the education and experience to take care of you and your future aesthetic health.

Dr. Ordon

Dr. Ordon is currently an associate professor of surgery at Keck/USC School of Medicine, and assistant professor of plastic surgery at Dartmouth School of Medicine and The University of Connecticut. Dr. Ordon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Double Boarded Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Ordon is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Dr. Chopra

After graduating with an Engineering degree, Dr. Chopra received a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences followed by his Medical Degree from the prestigious Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Chopra received many accolades during his Medical School career, including the Alpha Omega Alpha award given to the top 10% of medical students followed by the award for the top surgical student in 1999.

Dr. Chopra returned home to Los Angeles to complete a six-year general surgery residency at the world-famous Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills where he excelled and was named Chief Administrative Resident for the 2005-2006 academic year followed by being named the most outstanding resident of 2006. Dr. Chopra continued his expertise in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York where a plastic surgery fellowship provided him with extensive experience in complex aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the entire body.

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Textured BreastImplant Recall

At Ordon & Chopra patient health and safety are our top priority. As you may be aware, a recall was recently issued for specific implants and we would like to take this moment to impart some facts and hopefully provide some peace of mind regarding this subject. The first thing to know is that this recall is applicable only to a limited number of textured implant products. Ninety-five percent of implants sold in the US are smooth and completely unaffected.

The most common applications for textured implants include an above-average physically active lifestyle, a sloping rib bone structure, and/or reconstructive breast procedures. Even rarer among this small subset of textured implant recipients is the instance of associated ailment. The main infirmity reported in connection with these implants is BIA-ALCL, the remission rate for which is close to 90%. While we in no way wish to trivialize this matter we do want to convey the facts and hopefully assuage any panic. If you have any symptoms or concerns at all please do not hesitate to contact our office and we will be happy to assist.

Your Treatment Consultation for Capsular Contracture in Beverly Hills

During your capsular contracture consultation, we will review your medical history, including past surgeries, and ask about any medications you are currently taking or have taken recently.

At the consultation, you will have a chance to ask all of your questions and discuss your reasons for capsular contracture treatment. During your visit, we will listen to your concerns and make a recommendation that meets your goals.

Capsular Contracture FAQs

You are more at risk of developing capsular contractures if you have the following symptoms:

  • Pregnancy: researchers have found a parallel between pregnancy and capsular contracture
  • If you have an autoimmune disorder, your body has an overactive immune system and is more vulnerable to an implant
  • A periareolar incision is done around the nipple increasing the risk of bacterial contamination
  • A silicone implant can result in molecules seeping out of the breast implant and cause inflammation, which increases the risk of capsular contracture
  • The bigger the implant, the more at risk you are of getting capsular contracture
  • Hematoma and seroma can also lead to capsular contracture

No matter which type of surgery you decide to have, you will have scars in the breast area but they do fade and recede over time.

A couple of weeks prior to your capsular contracture in Beverly Hills, you should stop drinking and smoking because they both increase the likelihood of bruising and swelling. Two weeks before your surgery, you should stop taking all of your medications and supplements. And make sure you have someone who can drive you home on the day of your procedure.

You can expect to experience some swelling and pain in the breast area. Pain medication can be prescribed for you to deal with discomfort. To prevent a recurrence of capsular contracture, drains may be placed to remove any excess fluid. A surgical bra will be wrapped around your breast area for a few days to reduce swelling and bruising. It can take up to two weeks for the swelling to dissipate. You will likely feel well enough to return to work within a week. However, avoid strenuous exercises and activities for three to four weeks after your surgery.

What is the cost of treatment for capsular contracture in Beverly Hills? It varies based on what is required specifically for your procedure. You will be examined in order to choose the best option for you. Always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands your specific needs and how to achieve the results you are looking for.

The CareCredit program is an affordable healthcare financing program often used exclusively for healthcare-related expenses. Few cosmetic surgery procedures are covered by insurance and the interest rates on credit cards can be quite high. CareCredit offers an alternative line of credit that offers no interest if you pay the full payments.

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