Dr. Thomas Wiener fully understands that with plastic surgery procedures, specific risks and complications can arise with time. This includes a condition known as capsular contracture that can affect women in the Houston, TX area who undergo the placement of breast implants during breast augmentation procedures. Below is some information about this condition and the signs to look for.
What is capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture is a condition that can occur after breast implant surgery. It happens when the scar tissue around the implant (called the capsule) begins to tighten and squeeze the implant. This can cause the breast to feel stiff, misshapen, or painful. In severe cases, it can even make it difficult to move your arm.
Who is at risk of capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture can happen to any woman with breast implants, but it’s more common in women with textured implants or who have had previous surgeries. It’s also more likely to occur if you smoke or have a history of radiation therapy to the chest area.
What are the symptoms of capsular contracture?
- Change in the shape of the breasts
- Change in the feel of the breast and breast implant
- Hard, painful, or misshapen breasts
- Smaller appearance of the breasts
- Difficulty moving the arm
If you notice any of these changes, it is vital that you talk to a professional to get a proper diagnosis.
When should I see my plastic surgeon about capsular contracture?
If you think you might have capsular contracture, it’s important to see Dr. Thomas Wiener right away. He can perform a physical exam and order tests to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment usually involves surgery to remove the scar tissue that has developed around the breast implant. Sometimes, you may also need to have your implant removed or replaced. A consultation visit with our team will help you decide the best course of action to address your unique situation.
Connect with a professional to find out more
Capsular contracture is a severe condition, but it’s important to remember that it’s relatively rare. With proper care and monitoring, most women with breast implants can enjoy a healthy, happy life. If you are concerned about this condition or want to learn more about breast augmentation procedures and services with Dr. Thomas Wiener, call the office at 281-488-5795 to request an appointment. We are open to new and established patients seeking surgical and nonsurgical solutions.