What happens during a capsulectomy procedure?
You will undergo general anesthesia to begin the procedure. Dr. Pratt will make a vertical incision from the lower crease of the breast up to the areola. Through this incision, he will carefully separate the capsule from the surrounding tissues with the breast implant inside of it. The complete capsule is then taken out through the incision. This meticulous, complex technique requires a high level of precision and training and provides certainty that no fluids or substances within the capsule or implant come in any further contact with your body.
Recovery after your capsulectomy
Many women have an easier recovery period after their capsulectomy than after their original breast implant surgery. When the procedure is complete, you will be able to go home with a friend or family member to help you.
Women generally feel comfortable returning to sedentary work or light activities in several days to a week. There will be significant swelling during the first week, which begins to fade during the following days. Wear your compression bra during this time to help minimize swelling. Sleep on your back or side, and do not lift anything over five pounds.
Once the swelling fades, you will likely feel recovered. However, keep in mind that it will take several weeks before you can exercise again, and months for your breasts to fully heal and settle.