Capsular contracture. Could it be anything else? Can I just leave it?
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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).
Front and side view pictures would have been very helpful.
Capsule contracture occurs naturally up to one year, when scar maturity takes place. That is the reason why I instruct all my breasts augmentation patients to perform implants displacement massage.
However, capsule contracture can occur also from bleeding or infection. Sub clinical infection from dental work, colonoscopy etc can happen too, creating biofilm.
When the capsule contracture is thin , only capsulotomy (scar release ) is required. When the capsule is thick and inflamed, capsulectomy ( scar excision ) and implant replacement is required for best outcome.
In your situation, I would recommend implants displacement massage for 3-4 months and hopefully, it will resolve the hardening and pain.
It is always a good idea to see your surgeon , whenever you have a problem.
All the best,
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