You finally got the breast augmentation surgery you had been waiting for. However, over time, you’ve come to realize that your breasts are becoming harder and harder. You may also experience pain or discomfort. These are all signs that your breasts have developed capsular contracture. Let’s take a closer look at what capsular contracture is, what causes it, and what capsular contracture treatment looks like.
Understanding Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture is the most common complication that can occur after breast augmentation. A breast implant is not natural tissue, and your body responds to it as a foreign item in the body. Your body will naturally develop a layer of scar tissue around the implant. This is expected and desirable so that the breast implant will stay in place. However, the body may create an excessive amount of scar tissue around the implant. This leads to pain, discomfort, and distortion of the breasts and is called capsular contracture.
Causes of Capsular Contracture
In most cases, there is no specific cause of capsular contracture. Just like with piercing an ear or healing from a wound, the amount of scar tissue someone develops can vary. However, there are some identifiable causes of capsular contracture.
Bacteria can form in the small pocket where the implant rests. Too much of this bacteria can lead to a low-grade bacterial infection and irritate the body. This could lead to increased production of scar tissue and cause capsular contracture.
Ruptured implants can happen from physical trauma or towards the end of a breast implant’s lifetime. When a breast implant ruptures, it could irritate the surrounding scar tissue and cause the body to create more. This could lead to capsular contracture. This form of capsular contracture happens most often later down the road.
Capsular contracture can be physically painful, emotionally distressing, and just a frustrating experience overall. Thankfully, Dr. Thomas Wiener provides capsular contracture treatments to get you back to feeling your best. Dr. Wiener is a board-certified breast surgeon who brings expertise and care to every procedure. If you’re experiencing capsular contracture, contact Dr. Wiener’s officer at 281-488-5795 today.