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