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A rind of tissue forms around every breast implant. This is called a capsule. A capsule can be positive because it corrals the implant and keeps it well positioned. However, around 10% of the time, the capsule can become hardened, resulting in a breast feeling or even looking more firm. This capsular contracture may harden further, around 3% of the time, at which point the breast can be quite firm and even painful. The contracture may also cause minor displacement of the implant.
Learn more about Crispin Plastic Surgery options for your capsular contracture by scheduling a complimentary consultation today with Dr. Crispin.
One option is to remove both the capsule and the implants. Patients generally dislike this option because it necessitates a loss of implants. A second option is to exchange the existing implants for fresh implants and remove the capsule. Doing so runs the risk of a second capsular contracture at the same percentage as in the first instance. In some patients, in addition to changing the implants and removing the capsule, we add a product called acellular dermal matrix (ADM). ADM is helpful with recurrent capsular contracture.
Recovery times differ based upon the type of procedure—carefully chosen by you and Dr. Crispin—to correct the capsular contracture. Generally, patients will need approximately 1 week off of work. Most patients can then return to work as long as it is not strenuous.
We recommend avoiding all exercise for 4 weeks and any chest exercise for 8 weeks after capsular contracture surgery.
1) Is capsular contracture dangerous?
This condition is typically not dangerous to your health unless the gel implant ruptures. If rupture occurs, the patient may get an infection or capsular contracture.
2) What does an implant rupture look like?
A rupture is a tear or hole in the outer layer of the shell of the implant.
A saline implant will fully deflate when ruptured, losing its original shape and size. This condition is not difficult to diagnose, and the saline solution is simply absorbed into your body without consequence. The damaged saline implant can simply be exchanged.
Silicone gel implant ruptures may be more difficult to diagnose. Because a ruptured silicone gel implant can either look normal, depleted with a loss of breast domain, or firm with a capsular contracture, the best way to confirm a rupture is with an MRI, which is 90% sensitive. When a silicone gel implant ruptures, the gel can migrate through the tear in the implant and may or may not be captured within the capsule. This will increase the chance of capsular contracture in the breast with the ruptured implant.
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