When implants are placed in the breasts, the natural reaction of the body is to encapsulate the implant with scar tissue. This layer of tissue is designed to protect the body from the foreign object or implant. Everyone who has breast implants has this scar tissue, but a small percentage of patients experience complications due to excessive or restrictive scarring around their implants. This is called capsular contracture, one of the few complications associated with breast augmentation. At Be That Beautiful™ Plastic Surgery, we offer capsular contracture after breast implant treatment at our center in Los Angeles.
The capsule of scar tissue that is created around the breast implant is part of the healing process. The body is isolating the implant, which happens with all types of medical devices that are inserted into the body. The problem occurs when the body does not stop making scar tissue. The capsule around the implant becomes overly thick and constricting. The capsule of scar tissue can contract around the implant, thus called capsular contracture.
Symptoms of Capsular Contracture
There are different levels of capsular contracture. Some cases are very mild and may not need any treatment. However, those with more severe symptoms may require capsular contracture after breast implants treatments. Symptoms may include:
- Breasts are overly firm to the touch
- Breasts are exceeding round in appearance
- Areolas and nipple may look misshapen
- Breasts tenderness and pain
When the breasts are misshapen, firm or painful, treatment for capsular contracture may be needed. Our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaudhry, can perform an exam and determine the best treatment plan to relieve discomfort and improve the appearance and feel of the breasts. Some patients may require removal of the implants and scar tissue to resolve the condition.
There are methods to help reduce the risk of capsular contracture from breast implants. However, this condition can occur even when you have the best plastic surgeon performing your procedure. To learn more about capsular contracture, including prevention methods and treatment, contact us at Be That Beautiful™ Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. If you have symptoms of capsular contracture, we can schedule a treatment consultation with Dr. Chaudhry.