Capsulectomy is the surgical removal of thickened or hardened scar tissue that forms in a capsule around a breast implant.
What is Capsulectomy?
A capsulectomy is performed to remove a scar capsule that your body’s immune system has produced to protect you from a foreign implant.
The formation of scar tissue around a breast implant is your body’s normal healing response to a foreign body. In most patients the scar capsule helps keep the breast implants in place and walls off the implant from the rest of the breast. However, sometimes this capsule of scar tissue becomes unusually hard and starts to contract around the implant, known as capsular contraction, and this can lead to your breasts looking misshapen and feeling tender and sore.
A capsulectomy should ease your discomfort of capsular contraction and improve the appearance and feel of your breasts. It can be performed on one of both breasts. The implants may be fully or partly removed, reinserted into a new pocket or replaced by new implants during the procedure.
How long does a Capsulectomy procedure take?
A capsulectomy procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes 1.5 to 3 hours.
How long is the recovery process after the Capsulectomy?
Capsulectomy usually requires an overnight stay in hospital following surgery. Recovery will depend on the exact procedure performed and your body’s healing capability. Here at West Valley Hospital our experienced plastic surgery team will provide excellent and unlimited aftercare and post-operative advice following your capsulectomy.
You will need to wear a post-surgical support bra day and night to support and protect your breasts for four to six weeks after your surgery. It is advised that you avoid any strenuous activities until your surgeon gives you the go ahead. You should be able to go back to work after 2 weeks with most jobs. Swimming any strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for around 4 weeks. We will arrange your follow-up consultation to check assess your recovery. Your scars will fade over time.
What is the cost of a Capsulectomy procedure?
The cost of a capsulectomy procedure will depend on the extent of the surgery and the type of implants used.
Your plastic surgeon may perform a capsulectomy on one or both breasts, remove or change the size of your implant, make a new pocket for your implant or replace your implant with another type of implant that is less likely to cause such scarring.
Here are our guide package prices for breast capsulectomy. These prices include unlimited aftercare.
- Treatment of the breast capsule on both sides and replacement of both implants £6500
- Treatment breast capsulectomy, replacement of both implants and mastopexy both sides £6900.00
These guide prices are an estimate of costs and you will receive a formal quotation price following your consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons. This formal quote for your capsulectomy will be valid for 60 days and includes unlimited aftercare.
We offer various ways to pay for your capsulectomy including pay as you go, interest-free finance plans and All-inclusive Total Care packages where a single one-off pre-agreed price gives you direct access to all the treatment you need. Your private medical insurance may cover the cost of your capsulectomy. You should obtain written confirmation from your insurance provider that they will cover it before you go ahead with treatment.
Capsulectomy at West Valley Hospital UK
Here at West Valley Hospital we offer convenient appointments and high-quality care for your capsulectomy.
Our experienced plastic surgeons will discuss with you your treatment options in detail for a capsulectomy and the expected outcomes.