I'm one month out from a mommy make over and I fear getting capsular contraction.
Breast Augmentation; How does capsular contraction happen and what can you do to prevent it from occurring?
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Things that may help prevent capsular contraction
The main known reasons for capsular contraction are related to low grade bacteria around the implant and bleeding. Patients who have contraction form previous implants are prone to have it again, as are patients with previous breast radiation. I suggest you discuss with your surgeon the use of a Keller funnel, which is a device that allows for placement of the implant into the breast pocket without touching surrounding skin. Also placement of the implant below the pectoral muscle is know to decrease scar tissue formation. Breast massage is considered old fashioned these days, but I still recommend it to my patients. If contraction seems to be setting in , there are also oral medications that can help.
Prashant Soni M.D.
The Possible Causes of Capsular Contraction & Preventing It
One of the most common problems is breast #capsular #contracture or the development of thickening, and contracture of the capsule that exists around the breast implants. Severe capsule contracture probably occurs in less than 15% of augmentation patients. Every woman has a breast capsule around their implant and this is a normal phenomenon. The capsule itself could be as thin as Saran Wrap but may also become calcified and thickened. As it thickens and shrinks, the patient may develop a feeling a firmness of the breasts and in its worst situation, the breast may become painful and abnormal in appearance, achieving a very round, hard, and uneven appearance. There may be distortion and possible breakage and leakage of an older implant, but may also include a newer implant. Nicotine users, such as smokers, have up to a 30x increased risk of capsular contracture. The #reason capsular contraction happen is unclear. It's possibly caused by microscopic bacteria on the implant, a collection of blood after surgery or perhaps it is a tendency for some women to form scar tissue. What we do know is that is cases reported have decreased from 25% to 5-10% or less. One way to attempt the prevention of it is to follow your surgeon's post op instructions as recommended and ask questions of your surgeon when healing concerns arise.
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