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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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