Capsular contracture is the most common complication following implant based breast surgery and is one of the most common reasons for reoperation. Therefore, it is important to try and understand why this happens, and what can be done to reduce its incidence. A literature search using the MEDLINE database was conducted including search terms 'capsular contracture breast augmentation', 'capsular contracture pathogenesis', 'capsular contracture incidence', and 'capsular contracture management', which yielded 82 results which met inclusion criteria. Capsular contracture is caused by an excessive fibrotic reaction to a foreign body the implant and has an overall incidence of Risk factors that were identified included the use of smooth vs.
Capsular Contracture Repair Surgery - Breast Implant Complication
After breast augmentation surgery, your immune system will respond to the foreign materials inserted into your chest. The capsule is made from interwoven collagen fibers, or scar tissue. This tightening can squeeze the implant, making it feel hard and painful to touch. To help prevent this from happening, your plastic surgeon will likely recommend that you perform a daily breast massage in the first few months after your surgery. Massage can help prevent the capsule from hardening, but it may not stop the process completely.
Capsular Contracture after Breast Augmentation: An Update for Clinical Practice
This website is not intended to be photographic representation of all breast implant complications. You should refer to our breast implant consumer handbook , for a description of potential breast implant complications. For the items included below, we have first defined that complication and then provided an example of a specific case. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue or capsule that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant. It may be more common following infection, hematoma collection of blood , and seroma collection of watery portion of blood.
Like all surgery, implant surgery has some risks. Many of these risks are the same as the risks for mastectomy. However, there are some risks that are unique to implant reconstruction. Scars: No matter which type of surgery you decide to have, you will have scars in the breast area.