Capsular contracture is the tightening and hardening of the capsule, the tissue that your body forms around breast implants. Capsular contracture and other complications that can arise after having breast implants can require a capsulectomy procedure, which removes the entire capsule and the breast implant within it at once.
Recovery after your capsulectomy
In a number of cases, recovery after a capsulectomy is easier for women than the original breast implant surgery. Many patients feel comfortable returning to sedentary work after several days to a week. However,you will still need a friend or family member to drive you home. After your procedure, you will need someone to stay with you and help you for the following day.
During the first two weeks, during the height of the swelling, you will wear a compression bra to help reduce swelling and to help ensure your breasts heal well. Sleep on your back or side and get plenty of rest during your healing period, and avoid lifting anything over five pounds. It will take several weeks before you can exercise again.
As the swelling fades, your breasts will heal and settle. You may feel recovered and may not notice many changes during this period. However, do keep in mind that the settling period takes several months until your breasts are healed fully.