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    What is an En bloc Capsulectomy Breast Implant Removal?

    What is an En bloc Capsulectomy Breast Implant Removal? | AtlantaPatients can seek the removal of their breast implants for a variety of reasons.  You may no longer want a large breast size and prefer to return to your original aesthetic breast size or there might be medical reasons such as an implant malfunction. 

    You can choose to remove your breast implants with an en bloc capsulectomy. This surgical procedure has been performed successfully over the years. Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides breast implant removal to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and surrounding locations.


    What is En Bloc Capsulectomy?

    En bloc capsulectomy is a surgical procedure that will remove a part or the entire breast implant capsule. This procedure is usually performed after the patient has developed complications from a previous surgery, or she desires to have the implants extracted from her body.

    The en bloc capsulectomy removes both the implant and the capsule simultaneously. This allows the tissue and the muscles of the breast to settle back to their previous position for a more natural looking appearance.

    En bloc is sometimes referred to as a total capsulectomy. While both types of surgical techniques involve the removal of the breast implant and a part, or the entire the capsule that surrounds the breast, they are not the same procedure.


    Types of Capsulectomy

    En bloc, a French term means “as a whole”. As the name suggests, an “en bloc capsulectomy” refers to the removal of the entire breast implant along with the scar tissue capsule as a single unit. The cosmetic surgeon makes an incision around this entity with the capsule enclosing the implant and removes it without causing any damage to the body.

    This surgical procedure makes sure that the silicone stays inside the capsule while being removed. This prevents the bacteria and the chemicals from leaking inside the patient’s body without causing any contamination to the body. 

    Partial capsulectomy, or a capsulectomy  is a technique that corrects capsular contracture and takes out only part of the scar tissue. 

    Total capsulectomy eliminates the entire scar tissue, together with the tissue around the implant along the lungs and the ribs. In this procedure the surgeon will first remove the implants and then take out the entire capsule tissue.

    Partial capsulotomy can be done as an opened or closed surgery. The open procedure involves the capsule being partially or completely removed through an incision within the area of the breast. In the closed surgical procedure the surgeon will break down the capsule tissue while leaving the implant in place. This approach has the possibility of rupturing the breast implant.


    Benefits of En Bloc Capsulectomy

    This surgical technique offers several benefits:

    • You are more comfortable in your own skin
    • You can feel the natural softness of your breasts
    • Improved streamline silhouette and form
    • You can switch to more comfortable bras
    • You can easily participate in several strenuous activities 
    • Better sleep positions
    • Transformed and better body image 


    How do I Know if I am a Suitable Candidate? 

    Any woman who wishes to change her breast implants and is in good overall health is an ideal candidate for the en bloc capsulectomy. There are several reasons why you can consider an en bloc capsulectomy surgery:

    • Not satisfied with the appearance of your breasts
    • Shifting and asymmetry of the existing implant
    • Medical complications from having scar tissue around the breast Implant
    • Deposits of calcium in the breasts
    • Deflation or rupture of an implant
    • A breast cancer diagnosis

    Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and nearby areas for breast implant removal.

    For more information on procedures and treatments offered by Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Paul McCluskey and the Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta, visit:

    Serving patients in and around Atlanta, Buckhead,  Roswell, Marietta, Georgia and surrounding areas.