Capsular contracture is an uncommon complication of breast augmentation in which the scar capsule around the breast implant begins to contract around the implant usually just on one side. As a result, the breasts may become hard, misshapen, or slightly painful.
Every patient who undergoes breast augmentation develops a scar around her implants and under normal conditions the pocket around the scar remains open, allowing the breasts to look natural. Capsular contracture develops when the pocket contracts and squeezes around the implant, causing the breast to look very round and firm.
More recent studies show a much low rate for capsular contracture, including a study that followed almost 5,400 breast augmentation patients for an average of nearly four years and recorded a rate of severe capsular contracture of only 1.7 % (less than 1 in 50).
It is not currently understood what exactly causes capsular contracture, but it seems to be more commonly associated with:
- Hematoma (a broken blood vessel that causes blood clotting or bruising)
- Seroma (fluid collecting beneath the skin)
- Trauma to the breast
While the exact cause of capsular contracture is not well understood, Dr. Slenkovich takes certain measures to prevent it:
- Submuscular placement of the breast implant
- Prescribing antibiotics after surgery and before any other procedure, including dental work
- Teaching patients massage techniques to perform after surgery
- Selecting the right plastic surgeon
Possible complications are an important factor to consider before any procedure. At the Colorado Plastic Surgery Center, we are dedicated to patient education and patient safety. We do our utmost to reduce your risk of any complications. To learn more about breast implants any possible complications and the benefits, please schedule a consultation at Colorado Plastic Surgery Center.