Breast Augmentation, Part 3


Capsular Contraction


After having a breast implant, your body will create a capsule of fibrous scar tissue around the implant as part of the healing process. This reaction occurs when any foreign object is surgically implanted into the body.

In time, the scar tissue will begin to shrink. The shrinkage is known as Capsular Contraction. The rate and extent at which the shrinkage occurs varies from person to person. In some people, the capsule can tighten and squeeze the implant, making the breast feel hard. You may also experience pain and discomfort.

Can I avoid Capsular Contracture?
We as plastic surgeons do all we can to avoid complications from severe capsular contracture, and many patients never experience any issues regarding their breast implants. However, capsular contracture is an unavoidable complication of breast implant surgery. Everyone who has breast implants will experience capsular contracture to some degree.

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