Presents Capsular Contracture after Breast Augmentation
Introduction Capsular contracture occurs when the fibrous tissue in the breast react to the foreign substance of the breast implant. Collagen tissue develops around the implant, encapsulating it, and in some
Capsular Contracture Symptoms: • Grade I - Some tissue has formed, but breast remains soft maintains its natural shape. • Grade II – The breast may feel firmer than normal, but continues to look natural • Grade III – The breast feels firm, but begins to look abnormal, but without pain. • Grade IV – The breast feels hard, is painful to the touch & develops an abnormal shape.
Who Is At Risk for this Condition? • Patients with autoimmune disorders. • Patients who experience trauma to the breast. • Patients who develop a hematoma. • Patients who have had radiation therapy. • Patients who have bacterial infections. • Patients who have experienced an implant leak.
What Is Capsular Contracture Treated? • Surgery to remove or separate the hard, fibrous tissue. • Breaking up the fibrous tissue, without surgery, can sometimes improve this condition. • Prescription medications, such as Accolate, a medication used in allergy treatment that has been found to be helpful in capsular contracture. • Ultrasound that helps to soften the capsule with soundwaves. • Vitamin E and steroid injections.
What You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk • Avoid the development of encapsulation around the implant. • Evidence indicates the sub-muscular placement of the implant, instead of sub-glandular placement. • Choosing the right size implant can help to avoid this condition. • Getting sufficient rest after implant surgery can help to reduce the risk of contracture. • Ensure that your surgeon is a board-certified breast augmentation specialist. • Don’t smoke. Your physician will advise you to stop smoking before your surgery.
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