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Sientra Textured Silicone Breast Implant Capsular Contracture Warranty


Of the numerous complications that can occur in breast augmentation, capsular contracture is the most vexing of them all. The formation of excessive circumferential scar formation around the implant can be problematic in terms of the look and feel of the breast with potential hardness and shape distortion. The reason for capsular contracture  in many patients is usually unknown. But when it occurs and it is significant, it will require surgery for improvement/correction of the affected breast.

All breast implant manufacturers have nearly identical warranties in the advent of one specific complication, device failure. (rupture)  This applies both to lifelong implant replacement and a ten year reimbursement for the surgery to replace it from the date of implantation. This applies to saline, smooth round silicone and textured silicone shaped breast implants.

Sientra Breast Implant Capsular Contracture Warranty Program Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisBut a new level of  warranty has now emerged from one of the manufacturers, Sientra, that covers the complication of capsular contracture should it occur. Known as C3 (CapConCare), it is the industry’s first capsular contracture care program. It covers primary breast augmentation patients using the TRUE texture breast implants  who have developed Grade III and Grade IV capsular contracture problems within two years after the initial surgery. It only applies to surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeons with implants placed beginning November 1, 2013.

Sientra Textured Shaped Breast Implants Dr Barry EppleyThe genesis of this warranty undoubtably has its basis in the knowledge of how well Sientra’s textured silicone breast implants have performed. In a large U.S. clinical trial  encompassing 4,312 primary breast augmentation patients followed over five years, there was a 0% incidence of gel fracture, a 0.4% rupture rate and a 3.9% capsular contracture rate.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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