En bloc capsulectomy may be an appropriate surgical technique if you want to remove your breast implants. This plastic surgery has been successfully undertaken for thousands of patients in the past to restore the feeling of the natural softness of the breasts in women.
This procedure removes an implant along with a part or the entire breast implant capsule after problems from an earlier surgery, or even if the patient desires to extract the implants from her body due to changed cosmetic preferences.
In the en bloc capsulectomy the surgeon takes out the implant and the capsule at the same time, while allowing the breast tissue and muscles to go back to their original position for a more natural look.
En bloc capsulectomy is often referred to as a total capsulectomy, but they are not really the same procedure. Both the procedures will remove the breast implant and part, or all, of the capsule that surrounds it.
Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implant removal to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities.
Types of Capsulectomy
En Bloc Capsulectomy
En bloc, a French term, means “as a whole”. During this implant removal surgery, the silicone and textured breast implants and its capsule are taken out as a single unit. The surgeon cuts around this unit with the capsule surrounding the implant and removes it carefully with minimal risk of complications or post-operative infection.
This procedure helps ensure that the silicone gel stays inside the capsule while the implant is being removed. This prevents the leakage of harmful bacteria and any other chemicals inside the body and avoids health complications.
Partial or Total Capsulectomy
Partial capsulectomy or capsulectomy is a plastic surgery that repairs capsular contracture and takes out only a part of the scar tissue. Total capsulectomy, on the other hand, will remove the entire scar tissue, including the ones surrounding the implant beside the lungs and the ribs. Usually, the surgery calls for the surgeon to take out the implants first and then all of the capsule tissue.
Capsulotomy is a surgery that can be done opened or closed. In the open surgery alternative, the capsule is taken out to some extent or completely through an incision within the breast area. In the closed option, the surgeon will break down the tissue of capsule while leaving the implant in place. Unless the surgeon is highly skilled, a closed surgery may have the risk of causing damage to the implant while it is still in the breast tissue.
Benefits of En Bloc Capsulectomy
This surgical procedure provides a number of benefits for you:
- You can be more comfortable in your own skin
- You will able to wear bras that are more comfortable
- It restores the natural softness of your breasts
- Improved and streamlined silhouette and form
- Can participate in vigorous activities minus the discomfort
- Better sleeping positions
- Improved and better body image
Am I a Suitable Candidate for an En Bloc Capsulectomy?
Any woman in good general health who wishes to change her breast implants is an appropriate candidate for en bloc capsulectomy. Some of the reasons why a woman may consider an en bloc capsulectomy procedure are:
- Not satisfied with the appearance of her breasts
- Shifting and asymmetry of the existing implant
- Complications from having scar tissue around an implant
- Deposits of calcium in the breasts
- Split or damage to the implant
- Diagnosed with breast cancer
Plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for breast implant removal.
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