How is capsular contracture treated?

If your breasts are small, flat, poorly shaped, and the condition is affecting your self-esteem, or you just want to get bigger and shapelier breasts, you may consider breast implant surgery. Breast implants are artificial objects that are placed into the breasts through incisions. The operation involves risks and trauma like all other invasive procedures.

Many risks and complications are associated with breast implant surgery, which is why plastic surgeons advise patients to undergo the procedure only as a last option and only when the benefits are higher than the risks. One of the complications that may happen after breast implant surgery is capsular contracture.

Since the surgery involves incisions, the incisions ultimately convert into scar tissues. In most cases, the scars remain normal and don’t create any issues. However, in rare cases, the scar may start to contract. The continuous contraction will squeeze the implants, which will change the shape of the breasts, making them look distorted. The condition can also create physical pain.

Capsular contracture can affect one or both breasts. The leading cause is unknown, but infection and hematomas can cause capsule contracture. When capsular contracture happens, it must be treated immediately. The condition is treated through another surgery.

The surgery to treat capsular contracture is as risky as the original surgery. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. The goal of the procedure is to remove the implant along with the scar tissue.

After the administration of general anesthesia, the plastic surgeon will open up the original incision to access the breast implant. After opening the incision, the doctor will carefully take out the breast implant. In the next step, the doctor will excise the scar tissue from the breasts. In the last step, the surgeon will suture and close the incision.

The patient will be required to go through a recovery process and follow the surgeon’s instructions for a smooth and safe recovery. After surgery, you will be exposed to many risks, such as infection, bleeding, weak and slow wound healing, and abnormal scarring. You can avert or reduce these risks by being extremely careful during the recovery period and following the surgeon’s instructions.

The patient may opt to get new breast implants after a few months. However, you must fully recover to undergo another procedure. It can take more than six months for complete recovery and get new implants. If you qualify to get new implants, be sure to select a suitable implant size this time around carefully. Also, it is wise to have the implants placed under the pectoral muscle instead of over the pectoral muscle. These measures will considerably reduce the risk of recurrent capsular contracture.

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