Understanding Breast Augmentation And Capsular Contracture

Posted on: 26 February 2019

If you want larger breasts, then you do have the option of speaking with a cosmetic professional about the surgical placement of breast implants. Implants do come with certain risks that should be fully evaluated before you decide on whether or not the surgery is right for you. One of these risks is the development of capsular contracture. Keep reading to learn about what this is and how it can be avoided.

What Is Capsular Contracture?

When you receive an implant device anywhere in the body, your body will react to the foreign object. Oftentimes this means the development of inflammation and the formation of scar tissue around the device. Scar tissue is typically minimal since surgeons use implant devices that are compatible with the human body. However, if it overgrows, then the implant can become encased.

The overgrowth of scar tissue is what occurs when a capsular contracture develops. This forms when scar tissue completely encapsulates the breast implant and squeezes it. The result is a hard, misshapen, and extremely uncomfortable breast. And, since the breast looks unnatural and abnormal when scar tissue develops, the overall procedure will be considered unsuccessful.

Over time, the capsule surrounding the breast can thicken and harden even further, and this places a great deal of pressure on the implant. This can cause a rupture or a leak.

How Can The Issue Be Avoided?

You cannot completely reduce your risks of scar tissue forming, but you can minimize the formation of the tissue. And this will help to prevent the entire implant from being surrounded and encapsulated. One of the best ways to do this is to massage the breasts daily. You should do this for at least the first two to three months after surgery, and you will need to begin as soon as your surgical incisions have healed. Your surgeon can give you a more specific timeframe as to when you should begin your massage.

Massage should be completed for at least five to ten minutes. You will need to massage the breast gently when completing the massage, and you should lightly press around the edge of the implant in a circular manner. Work your way around the implant while pressing and moving your fingers in a clockwise fashion. 

You should feel soft tissue when completing your massage. If you feel any hard areas, make an appointment with your plastic surgeon. The professional may be able to direct you to a massage therapist who can assist you with your technique. 

If you want to know more about breast augmentation and how to reduce surgical risks like capsular contracture, speak with a plastic surgeon. 


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