Any woman who has breast implants understands the paralyzing fear of two little words: capsular contracture. Since most people actually know very little about the condition, Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery has put together our most frequently asked questions.
What Is Capsular Contracture?
Capsular contracture is the formation of a thick scar tissue around the breast implant. This tissue will thicken and squeeze (contract) around the implant over time; causing it to harden, shift and distort in shape. Capsular contracture can even rupture a breast implant.
What Are the Signs of Capsular Contracture?
Capsular contracture may start off as a firm and tender breast. It will then slowly become harder, warmer and increasingly sore. Eventually, as the condition progresses, extreme distortion and pain will be seen.
Is Capsular Contracture Seen in Both Breasts?
Most women will experience capsular contracture in just one breast. However, it can appear in both breasts.
What Are the Different Stages of Capsular Contracture?
Capsular contracture consists of four different levels:
Grade I – a normal looking and feeling breast
Grade II – a breast that is firm but looks normal
Grade III – a breast that is firm and looks unusual
Grade IV – a breast that is hard, painful and looks abnormal
Why Does Capsular Contracture Occur?
The presence of a foreign object in the body can trigger an automatic response from the immune system. The body will then create a scar tissue capsule around the object, so that it can no longer move freely.
When Am I No Longer at Risk for Capsular Contracture?
If it will occur, capsular contracture is usually seen within the first two years after a breast augmentation.
Can Capsular Contracture Be Prevented?
There is very little that can be done to prevent capsular contracture. Some surgeons recommend certain techniques, such as placing the implant below the muscle, but as of yet there is no evidence this will prevent the problem.
How Is Capsular Contracture Treated?
Surgical correction is the most effective treatment for capsular contracture. The surgeon will remove the thick scar tissue, and safely create a new pocket for the implant. While a new implant is not always necessary, many times it does need to be replaced.
To ease your concerns about capsular contracture, give Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery a call at (281) 407-7428. We will be happy to answer your questions over the phone, or assist in scheduling a private consultation appointment with Dr. Vitenas.