Q&A: DO I NEED A FULL CAPSULE REMOVAL? WHAT’S CALCIFICATION? DOES A PHYSICAL EXAM OR MRI SHOW CALCIF

"MRI shows no rupture of 20 yr old silicon implants. Both boobs are soft to touch but L boob has slight CC (almost undetectable to the naked eye) and if pressed hard boob is slightly harder in the middle. I would like explant with no immediate replacement. Do I need a full capsule removal. External examination show CC capsule is 1.5 – 2 mm and other 1mm thick. Can the surgeon tell if there is calcification just from feeling me. What is calcification and would the MRI show up calcification too. Thank you. "

 

DR. POUSTI: Do I need a full capsule removal? What’s calcification? Does a physical exam or MRI show calcification if it’s present?

Generally speaking, unless the breast implant capsules have thickened and/or are otherwise symptomatic, there is no indication to have them removed. On the contrary, capsulectomy can expose you to additional risks, such as bleeding and minimal size loss.

Having said that, I often remove a small segment of capsule tissue when removing breast implants with the hope that this maneuver will help with fluid resorption (and help prevent seroma formation). I usually use drains also.

Best wishes.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Do I need a Mommy Makeover?

“Mommy Makeover” is the common term used for an individualized set of cosmetic procedures designed to help address common effects after childbearing (usually addressing the breast and body).

How to help sagging breasts?

A mastopexy, also known as breast lift, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.

5 Reasons to Consider Labia Reduction Surgery

Labiaplasty is becoming one of the most popular procedures among women looking to regain their confidence and comfort in a major way. Consider how labia reduction can help improve the quality of your life.

How can I get a tight tummy?

Abdominoplasty, also known as “tummy tuck”, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. An abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss or exercise.