Capsular Contracture After Breast Implants Treatment
Capsular contracture is the most serious and common problem of breast implants. Capsular contracture is a response of the body to the silicone component of the implant. This means that capsular contracture occurs with both saline-filled breast implants and silicone-filled breast implants. Both implant types are made of silicone and can cause an adverse reaction. Dr. John Anastasatos is a top breast plastic surgeon who offers capsular contracture (after breast implants) treatment at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills.
What Is Capsular Contracture?
In short, the body reacts against the silicone breast implant by creating and depositing extra collagen around the implant. This collagen is also called colloquially scar tissue. Capsular contracture is a frequent cause of breast pain in patients with breast implants. Other symptoms can include:
- Breasts are extremely firm to the touch
- Breast may look overly round
- Nipples may appear misshapen
- In severe cases, breasts become misshapen and tender to the touch
Capsular contracture occurs in about one out of six women who get breast implants. Plastic surgeons cannot predict who will get capsular contracture beforehand. This is why this remains a problem, as we do not know what exactly causes it. There is some research that indicates genetics can have an impact on who may experience capsular contracture after breast implant surgery and who will not.
Non-surgical treatment options are limited for capsular contracture, though it may be possible with lesser grades of the condition. In more severe cases, treatment is surgical and include removing the capsule or scar tissue, or breaking it. Removing the scar tissue is called capsulectomy, and breaking it is called capsulotomy.
If you are experiencing symptoms of capsular contracture after breast implants, treatment is available at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anastasatos to discuss treatment options for symptom relief and improved breast appearance.