Downsizing Implants the Right Way

Awareness of breast implant reduction and reconstruction procedures is growing, most recently because of the issues faced by Blac Chyna, aka Angela White. The reality TV star and rapper, best known for Keeping Up with the Kardashians, has gone public with the recent postoperative issues she has had after deciding to reduce the size of her earlier breast augmentation work. After her doctor replaced her first implant with a smaller one, the 35-year-old mom experienced capsular contracture, one of the more common significant complications that can sometimes follow a reimplantation. She appears to be on the mend after an apparent breast reconstruction procedure.

Here at the offices of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. J, we have been dealing with contracture and numerous other plastic surgery complications for many years. In particular, we have built up a record of consistent success with breast reconstruction procedures to deal with several types of post-operative complications.

Here are some thoughts on what capsular contracture is, why it happens, and how it can be prevented and, if necessary, corrected.

What is Capsular Contracture?

When a plastic surgeon places an implant, the body reacts to the presence of a foreign object by creating a capsule of scar tissue. This is a necessary part of the process and helps keep implants in place. However, with capsular contracture, the tissue will harden and may start to tighten around the implant. The result is breasts that don’t look or feel right. In more severe cases like Blac Chyna’s, breasts can become painful to varying degrees. Fortunately, as the reality star is learning, the complication is highly treatable.

Breast Reconstruction for Capsular Contracture

An open capsulectomy is the standard treatment for capsular contracture. In most cases, this means removing and replacing the implant. Preventing a recurrence is obviously of paramount importance, and it takes a first-rate plastic surgeon to ensure the best outcomes.

Strattice™ Reconstructive Tissue Matrix

Dr. J – aka Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S – credits much of his success as a leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon to staying on top of the latest innovations. With breast reconstruction, he has been a leader in the use of Strattice™, a state-of-the-art natural tissue matrix. Made from animal cells (porcine), the matrix acts like an internal brassiere, helping to support the implant and fostering healthy tissue growth by helping the cells grow inward. This greatly reduces the chance of capsular contracture in all types of reconstruction procedures.

In cases where patients may have allergies or religious or ethical objections to the use of porcine tissue, other tissue matrices may be used.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon for Reconstructive Breast Surgery

Dr. J has a long track record of beautiful breast reconstruction outcomes that speak for themselves. The truth is that the quality of a plastic surgeon is tied to the beauty of the outcomes. This is only one reason why prospective patients should only consider board-certified plastic surgeons.

Dr. J is double-board certified, which means that he has maintained his certification from both the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). He believes that staying on top of his skills and the latest best practices in general surgery, as well as plastic surgery, gives him the edge he needs to do the best possible work.

Patients trust Dr. J not only for his artistry and first-rate care but also for his approachable and compassionate bedside manner. Word has gotten out. The doctor has achieved consistent five-star ratings and rave reviews on both Yelp and RealSelf. The result is that the doctor has attracted a worldwide following.

If you are dealing with issues from a past procedure or are looking for the best and safest choice in the Los Angeles area for a first-time breast augmentation, we want to hear from you. Please call us at the phone number on your screen or visit our contact page and make an appointment.

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