If I get lateral capsulorrhaphies, will my implants still move freely? Or will they be more “stuck/fixed” in one position? 

Also, the surgeon said I would be required to wear an underwire bra, instead of a sports bra which I thought was odd.

He said I could return to work lifting and moving patients (I’m a nurse) after one week, which doesn’t seem ok? 

Finally, is a capsulorrhaphy going to cause permanent damage if I have my implants removed down the road? 

Not sure if I should go through all this, or just explant. 

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  • Hi Juliane .  I am so sorry you are having a hard time.  I know it is a difficult decision.  I'll take them one by one!

    1. Lateral capsulorrhaphy:  It's like a hem on the inside.  If you implants are smooth (most are) then nothing will keep them stuck in one position.  No one wants there to be a lot of space between their breasts so especially when we go down in width we shrink the pocket down on the inside to keep the implant more toward the center.

    2. Underwire bra:  I'm guessing (you'd have to ask him to know for sure) that the difference is he wants to hold the implant in position vs the first time we are battling swelling and more discomfort.  Your muscle is upset, stressed, stretched and wouldn't like more force shoving the implant upwards.

    3. Yes, I agree, ok to go back to work lifting patients at one week from implant exchange.  remember the difference is the pocket.  You have one now.  You didn't before.  

    4. Capsulorraphy will make no difference to your decision now or later to have your implants removed.

    5. You know, I would sit down and think about why you got them in the first place and then try and decide if that is still relevant.  We all make the decision to get implants for slightly different reasons and they're all valid.  So is the decision to be done with them.  Don't feel like you have to rush into anything.  


    I would be honored to see you at my office in Raleigh, NC!
    (Bustmob members get a $500 travel voucher 🙂)

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      Dr. Michelle Roughton thank you so much for your responses!!!

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