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I had breast implants and they have become hard over the last few years. Will capsulotomy surgery help?
Breast implants can harden (actually the tissue around the implants can harden) resulting in distortion of the breasts and at times pain. We have discussed the problem (Capsular Contracture) here before.
Significant breast implant hardening does not complicate all breast implant patients, but when it does additional surgery is the only good solution. The process involves the formation of a “capsule” of scar surrounding the breast implant. At times this capsule has an elastic consistency and at other times it can be “studded” by deposits of calcium that make it really rock hard.
Surgery to soften the hardened breast can involve scoring the scarred capsule to release the tension (Capsulotomy.) When the capsule is quite firm or studded with calcium, more involved surgery is in order. Capsulectomy involves the removal of all or parts of that scarred capsule.
Whether either of these treatments will work depends upon the cause of the contracture. Usually the implants can be replaced, but in really severe cases they need to be removed.
What you really need is a good evaluation by an experienced plastic surgeon to figure your best course of action.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2011-07-06 07:30:03.
People undergo cosmetic surgery for a variety of reasons, but they all do it to look better. However, some patients get the opposite result, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday. As a professional makeup artist and spa owner, Gina Hern knows firsthand the high cost of beauty. “People come here wanting to be the best that they can be,” Hern said. So, when she decided to get breast implants, she went comparison-shopping only to find the average price was $6,000 to $8,000. “I went online and did some research to find a less expensive way to get what I wanted,” Hern said. She found the best bargain over the border at a clinic in Mexico. Hern got her implants at the rock-bottom price of $2,000. But when she returned home to Houston, the implants turned rock hard.
When you make a run for the border for plastic surgery you are taking a risk. There is a price at times for that which is cheap. And fixing that cheap surgery may be very expensive if it is even possible.
Preventing Bad Plastic Surgery:
** Know what you are seeking – a qualified and skilled surgeon – this might cost you some money, but the “cheapie version” might leave you deformed or worse
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2006-02-17 11:40:00.