When you undergo breast augmentation surgery your body will naturally develop scar tissue around the implants. This layer of protective tissue is called a capsule, and it keeps the implants in the proper position. Ideally, these capsules will consist of soft, flexible tissue. However, that scar tissue can sometimes become thick and tight, which can result in the implant getting squeezed. This condition is called capsular contracture, and it can cause one or both of the breasts to become misshapen and hard to the touch. Capsular contracture can also result in pain or discomfort. If you’ve experienced this occurrence following your breast augmentation, you may need a capsulectomy.
How Long Is the Recovery Time?
After an hour or two of monitoring, you should be able to return home the same day as your surgery. The specifics of the recovery will vary depending on the type of capsulectomy you’ve undergone and whether or not you’ve received a new breast implant.
You will likely be given a surgical support bra to wear, and Dr. Egrari will provide you with thorough recovery instructions. Many patients experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness for the first several weeks. During the first week, it will be important to rest frequently and take occasional walks around the house. You should be able to ease back into your normal routine after one or two weeks, but you’ll need to avoid strenuous exercise for at least four to six weeks.