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.
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.