Can capsular contracture occur in just part of the breast? The top half of my one breast feels firm in comparison to the other breast. But only the top half, the bottom feels pretty soft. No change in shape, but firmness in indeed there. Almost two years since my breast augmentation
Partial Capsular Contracture
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You can develop a partial contracture limited to the upper portion of the breast. Some of this may be related to muscle tightness and scarring under the muscle area. When severe a release of the capsule is indicated.
Capsular contracture after breast augmentation
A capsular contraction can occur at any part of the capsule formed around the implant. It is more common to have a contracture all around the implant. It may not be noticable, noticable, with change in the shape of the breast, with pain and even cold breast. If severe a revision maybe needed.
Most commonly the capsular contracture affects the entire breast, but in some cases it can affect a section. Treatment depends usually is similar for both.
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