Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What is a Breast Capsular Contracture?

After breast augmentation surgery, the body forms a protective scar lining around the  breast implants called a “capsule.” The body makes the same scar tissue capsule around any foreign object placed in the body-- a heart pacemaker, an artificial hip joint, or a breast implant. Contracture occurs when the scar tissue capsule shrinks and starts squeezing the implant. Since the implant is soft, any pressure will make it feel more firm.

The typical symptoms of capsular contracture are firmness and sometimes discomfort of the breasts. The capsule may involve one or both breasts. Sometimes one breast will look higher than the other side.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, consult with Dr. Bash to evaluate to determine the best course of treatment. Depending on the severity, Dr. Bash may recommend massage of the breast. However, if the breast has been firm for many months, most likely the only remedy is surgical intervention.

For more information on breast augmentation go to the procedure page.

Learn more about Dr. Bash at www.BashMD.com

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