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3 months ago

Explant procedure without capsule removal

I want to remove my silicone implants after having them for 13 years. Never had any problems with them doesn’t feel like they rupture everything fine. I want an explant procedure without capsule removal. Is it harmful/dangerous if I leave capsule?

Procedure: Breast Implant Removal
Location: Atlanta, GA

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Karol Gutowski
ASPS Surgeon

Since you are not having any problems, unless they are ruptured, there is no need to remove the capsule. However, it is best to have a discussion with an experienced plastic surgeon. If you have textured Allergan implants, it may be worth discussing capsule removal.

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Shana Kalaria
ASPS Surgeon

Unless the capsule looks irregular or you are having issues, there is no need to remove it. You can absolutely have implant removal without capsulectomy in some cases. This procedure can even be performed under local anesthesia. Please visit with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Good luck!

Jaime Caloca Valenzuela
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Explant witout capsule removal is a safe and quick procedure. Best of all it is economical due to the short time needed in the O.R.

Rahul Vemula
ASPS Surgeon
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Thank you for your question. If your. capsule is not diseased ( no evidence of ALCL or capsular contracture, calcifications) there is absolutely no reason to remove the capsule. It can safely be left in. In fact, removing a healthy and normal capsule can lead to disfiguring of the breast and may call for additional procedures. Please meet with a board certified Plastic surgeon in order to go over all of your options

Alfred Antonetti
ASPS Surgeon

If the capsule is thin and there are not problems then there is no need to remove it but some surgeon would recommend it. You need to have a consultation with a local ABPS certified or eligible plastic surgeon to ask all of these questions pertaining to your individual case.


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