What is Capsular Contracture?
One of the most common complications from breast augmentation is capsular contracture or capsular contraction, a condition that results in distorted and sometimes even painful, hard breasts. Read on to learn more about the signs of capsular contracture, your capsular contracture treatment options.
A capsule is the normal tissue that the body produces surrounding a breast implant. Usually, it is pretty thin, sometimes almost transparent. The capsule is larger than the implant, allowing them both to move around and feel soft. In capsular contracture, the capsule becomes thicker and tightens which makes the space for the implant smaller and smaller. Some Signs of capsular contracture can be the implant rising to a higher position on the chest or the breast looking oddly constricted and artificially round, like a baseball. The capsule can get so small that the implant feels firm (grade 3 capsular contracture) or can even feel hard and be painful (grade 4 capsular contracture).
Studies show that up to 26.9% of women who receive breast implant surgery will develop Capsular Contracture.
If you have capsular contracture, the typical solution employed by plastic surgeons is a capsulectomy (removal of the tissue surrounding the implant), unfortunately the failure rate of capsulectomy is 80%, and the capsular contracture recurs within a few months after the breast implant revision surgery.