Do I have early signs of capsular contracture? (photos)
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Do I have early signs of capsular contracture?
Although capsular contractures following breast augmentation can occur just about any time, most women start having symptoms around three months after their breast implant surgery. This is because it takes some time for a capsule to form and then to scar down (contracture).
Capsular Contracture is a condition in which the capsule surrounding the implant thickens and contracts, squeezing the implant making it overly firm or hard and often changing the shape and position of the implant. As the capsule contracts it moves the implant further up your chest wall making upper portion of your breast too large and unshapely. It is more far more common in nicotine users (e.g. smoking, vaping or nicotine gum or patches).
Do I have a capsular contracture
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Ankur Mehta MD
Do I have early signs of capsular contracture
Thank you for your question. It is difficult to determine if you have capsular contracture based on your photographs. The best way to have capsular contracture evaluated is by seeing a board certified plastic surgeon so that he/she can examine your breasts and implants. Early capsular contracture can still look normal so an exam is more reliable. Odd pains may be normal as complete healing can take at least 6 months. Again, an exam can help address your concerns.
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