Capsular contracture and miscarriage association?

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  • 1 year ago

    Hi, all, I'm curious how many capsular contracture sufferers out there, like me, had a miscarriage prior to getting breast implants? I had two miscarriages when I was 18 and 20; got implants at 25; and then had a suspected miscarriage a few years after, too. I just had a revision for capsular contracture. As I'm scared it will happen again, and considering no one seems to have a good understanding about the causes, I'm curious about any theories that might explain what makes some women so susceptible to getting CC and how to prevent it. It's just an idea, but I'm wondering if pregnancy somehow changes the breast tissue's immune response to foreign objects, possibly making it hyperactive in some way. And because the body fails to go through the complete pregnancy, it misses out on some biochemical change initiated after delivery to return the breast tissue back to "normal". Immune system changes during early pregnancy are a normal response. By virtue of its nature, the body makes every effort to keep the growing organism inside separate and “walled off” and there are certain mechanisms in place to destroy any blood or cells that do manage to enter the mother’s bloodstream. So, to me, it isn’t so farfetched to imagine that some women have a dysfunction of some sort in that system that regulates these biochemical immune responses. Anyone have any thoughts or theories of their own please feel free to comment.    

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Thanks for the link, Beth. I forgot to mention, just before my recent revision surgery, my PS came into the room where I was being preped and asked me if I had any plans of getting pregnant. According to him, CC tends to return with pregnancy. Yet, from what i've read on this site, many PS don't even mention it as a factor when answering questions about breast changes during pregnancy, although one guy, at least, said it happens (I'll try to find it again and post the link). A question I read in Q&A section here did talk about CC occurring in the very early stages of pregnancy (at 4 weeks), even though the sufferer had her implants for a couple of years without a problem (I'll see if I can go back and find that one, too). So, even though correllation isn't causation, with just those few things mentioned above there seems to be some association that exists which could be worth exploring. Some additional history I forgot to mention: Both miscarriages occurred at 4 months. I'm 42 and haven't had any children. I had my implants for 17 years (in Australia, cohesive silicone implants have been around since 1995 and I got mine just after they were introduced).
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Sorry to hear about cc & miscarriages. From my own experience, I had saline unders 2 years prior to getting pregnant. Then in 2007 I had a miscarriage but I have had no cc to speak of. I think cc comes from bacteria present at time if insertion.
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Thank you for starting an interesting yet emotionally challenging forum. This surgeon offers his opinion as to why CC occurs. Hope your obgyn is also providing their input to your questions too! 

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