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Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Capsular Contracture In Breast Implants

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy About Your Breast Implants!

What is Capsular Contracture?

First off, it’s important to understand what capsular contraction is and how it can potentially arise. Capsular contracture is a phenomenon that has a very low possibility of occurring after breast augmentation procedures such as receiving breast implants.

We’ll illustrate the situation for you. You just received your breast implant, which in your body’s eyes is a foreign object that it is not exactly sure what to do with. Naturally, our body prevents the object from growing or moving around by forming a capsule of scar tissue around it. Again, this is all supposed to happen. Now, if this capsule begins to contract, or increase in size, then it has a possibility of squeezing the implant causing symptoms such as pain, stiffness, shifting, distortion, and breast hardness. The contracting of this capsule is known as capsular contraction.

Should You Be Worried About Capsular Contracture?

Women who are aware of this phenomenon will often worry is it will happen to them. Dr. Golshani, a board certified breast augmentation surgeon, took it upon himself to address this concern on a popular community known as realself.com. A concerned user wanted to know what her options would be if capsular contracture had occurred in her 11-month-old breast implants.

Dr. Golshani’s Response: “At 11 months, with saline implants the chances of capsular contracture are very low, but it could still happen. Mobilization, Shoulder rolls, Singulair off-label use are all ways to prevent is from progressing as well as the use of a bandeau. But I wouldn’t worry about it yet if you don’t have any symptoms.

Rates of capsular contracture have been as high as 20-30%, but these risks can be lowered with the use of 5th generation textured silicone implants under the muscle, modern scientifically supported surgical techniques, and good patient compliance.The new 5th generation Silicone textured implants under the muscle have superior look and feel, and one of the companies has a capsular contracture rate reported at less than 5%, and they even provide a warranty against capsular contracture within the first two years based on their research results.”

In short, no you should not be worried about capsular contracture because there’s a very low chance of it occurring, especially in saline implants and with modern surgical techniques. However, if you are still worried then there are precautions you could follow in preventing it.

Preventing Capsular Contracture

If you are unable to shake the anxiety off of your shoulders, then there are a few steps you could take in further decreasing your already low chances of capsular contraction from occurring.

-Follow any post-op procedures that your surgeon advises.
-Take any medication as prescribed by your surgeon.
-Quit smoking before and after your surgery to allow for a quicker recovery.
-Light physical activity. You want to make sure to avoid adding pressure to the area if you decide to exercise.
-Do not expose yourself to radiation. Make sure any doctors are aware of your procedure before trying to give you an x-ray.

Board Certified

If for any reason you suspect capsular contraction is occurring in one, or both, of your breasts, then you could seek out a board certified breast implant surgeon who can give you a full evaluation in determining if this phenomenon is occurring and then suggest the following steps in order to reverse and correct it.

Dr. Golshani is a board certified Plastic Surgeon that has been performing breast augmentation procedures for over a decade. Visit our website or contact our office if you have any questions or inquiries regarding breast implants or other breast augmentation procedures.

Breast Augmentation Concern: What Size Breast Implants Should I Get?

what size breast implants should I get?There are many concerns of breast augmentation, but one concern usually bears the most weight: what size breast implants should I get? Choosing a pair of new breast implants is an exciting, but nervous endeavor for many patients. However, your final choice depends on certain factors that need to be kept in mind.

Anatomy is Key

Implants range from a variety of sizes and they are unique to each person in the sense that there is certainly no one-size-fits-all breast implant.

This is where your anatomy comes into play. Your own, personal anatomy will help you narrow your choices down because a lot of information is taken by your breast augmentation plastic surgeon when selecting a size. Such information includes the width of your chest and the distance between your breasts, and whether or not you have enough breast tissue to support an appropriate size – all variables that are very important in selecting the best fit.

Sizing Up Symmetry

Symmetry is a very important aspect in any breast augmentation – or at least, it should be. Symmetry in your breasts occurs when the breasts fit evenly on each side. What this means is that your left breast will sit in a position that is directly aligned with your right breast. Sometimes, having the same implant size in each breast will not result in symmetry. This means that one of your breasts may contain a different sized implant from the other.

It’s Not Just About Letters

Many patients believe that breast implants are as easy as walking in to your plastic surgeon’s office asking for size C breast implants. This may help to narrow down your choice, but any knowledgeable surgeon knows that letters are merely a ballpark range that is to be taken with a grain of salt. The fact of the matter is that different brands’ sizes do not always fit the same – the same way it goes for other articles of clothing such as jeans, etc.

Patients may also come into the office with pictures of people whose breast they would like to emulate – be it a friend, family, or even celebrity. Again, an appropriate breast implant size takes far more into consideration. Always ask questions in the office.

Experiment In The Office

When you’re consulting with your plastic surgeon, you should make an effort to try on sizes that you believe won’t be a good fit. Knowing what you don’t want is just as helpful as knowing what you want. By eliminating sizes that are simply too big or too small can you begin to narrow down choices.

With this advice in mind, you will have a more comfortable experience in choosing a breast implant size that works for you. It’s worth taking the time to do your research, as you will have your breast implants for a considerable amount of time.

Learn more about the procedure first hand from a professional consultation with a board certified Beverly Hills breast augmentation surgeon.