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How fast can capsular contracture of the breast develop after breast implant surgery? Los Angeles and Santa Monica plastic surgeon

Capsular contracture of the breast occurs when there is scar tissue and chronic inflammation that develops around a cosmetic breast implant.  Capsular contracture can also occur in the setting of breast cancer reconstruction after radiation and breast implant placement.  There are many reasons why capsular contracture occurs, the most common of which are post operative hematoma and infection.  However capsular contracture can occur in the early setting after surgery as well as the late setting years later after breast implant surgery.  One of the earliest signs of capsular contracture of the breast includes hardening of the breast tissue and asymmetry and changes in shape of the breast implant after breast augmentation.  The progression of capsular contracture depends on the severity of the inflammatory process as well as the presence of infection or breast implant rupture.  The diagnosis of capsular contracture can be made by physical examination and or diagnostic studies that are now available.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a cosmetic plastic surgeon who specializes in breast implant surgery and breast implant revision.  He is an expert on capsular contracture and has developed specific protocols for the diagnosis and management of breast implant capsular contracture.  In the Los Angeles area, Dr. Karamanoukian performs cosmetic plastic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery for breast implants using the latest techniques to minimize scar and maximize recovery.  The development of capsular contracture can occur within days or weeks after a breast implant and there are some protocols that can minimize the progression and risk of capsular contracture after breast implant surgery.  By scheduling a consultation with Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Karamanoukian, the development of capsular contracture can be diagnosed early and a recommended treatment protocol can be done early in the process.  Waiting for capsular contracture to permanently change the breast implant shape is more problematic as more aggressive reconstructive procedures must be employed.  Dr. Karamanoukian is a trusted expert in cosmetic plastic surgery and breast implant revision and can provide you with full details regarding breast capsular contracture.  He performs outpatient cosmetic plastic surgery in Los Angeles, including Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.  Schedule a consultation for breast augmentation and breast implant capsular contracture by calling our Los Angeles plastic surgery patient care coordinator at 310-998-5533.


Can an intact breast implant be reused after capsulectomy? - Kare Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian

The development of capsular contracture in the breast after breast implant surgery is problematic and surgeons employ vigorous techniques to minimize the recurrence rate after capsular contracture.  Long term studies have shown that once capsular contracture develops, there is a high chance for recurrence and redevelopment of thickened breast implant tissue capsules.  Capsular contracture must be treated aggressively in the early setting in order to minimize long term complications and recurrence of capsular contracture.  One of the mechanisms employed to treat capsular contracture includes capsulectomy, wherein the entire tissue capsule is removed from the breast implant pocket.  Often, an intact silicone or saline breast implant is removed and replaced during the procedure.  If there is a risk that the breast implant may have contributed to the development of the capsular contracture, it is advised that the breast implant not be replaced during the procedure.  This may lead to further capsular contracture and recurrence of the thickened tissue capsule.  Dr. Karamanoukian is an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon practicing in Los Angeles.

He performs outpatient plastic surgery in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.  Dr. Karamanoukian is a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine and has a specific surgical protocol for the diagnosis and management of capsular contracture of the breast.  During your consultation for breast implant surgery, breast implant revision, or capsular contracture surgery, Dr. Karamanoukian will review your long term risk for redevelopment of capsular contracture and advise you on the benefits of replacing the same intact breast implant back into the breast versus placing new breast implants back into the pockets after capsulectomy.  Dr. Karamanoukian can offer specific protocols for capsular contracture management.  Please call our Los Angeles plastic surgery patient care coordinator on 310-998-5533 to schedule a consultation for capsular contracture, breast implant revision, and breast implant scars.  Dr. Karamanoukian also performs all types of breast enhancement surgery including mommy makeover, areolar reduction, breast implant placement, breast implant exchange, breast lift, and breast reduction.

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