How Is Capsular Contracture Treated?
Capsular contracture is a condition in which the scar tissue that naturally forms around breast implants noticeably distorts the breast shape and causes firmness, hardening, and vice-like pain. Although uncommon with modern implants, many women suffer from the symptoms of contracture. Dr. Christine Petti, our experienced plastic surgeon, takes great care to minimize the risk of capsular contracture during breast augmentation. If you notice changes in breast shape and firmness over time, it’s best to not delay and contact your plastic surgeon. Dr. Petti has a multitude of proven techniques that can address breast hardening and distortion, and she will explain them during your initial consultation.
The best treatment for capsular contracture is avoiding the condition in the first place. While the specific cause is unknown, evidence suggests that bacteria and bleeding may play a role. Dr. Petti uses the most advanced breast augmentation techniques available to reduce the risk of bleeding and contamination that could cause capsular contracture. “The best shot is the first shot,” says Dr. Petti; therefore she takes the time and effort necessary to optimize the outcome, and she executes technical maneuvers to minimize risk each time she performs a new and first-time breast augmentation.
Some studies suggest textured breast implants may reduce the risk of capsular contracture. Additional scientific studies indicate that placing implants behind the muscle rather than on top of it may decrease the risk. Dr. Petti can discuss your needs and goals and recommend the ideal technique and implant for your desired outcome.
If you notice slight distortion or hardening of the breasts, massage and time may help. However, once capsular contracture occurs, surgical intervention typically will offer optimal results. Breast revision surgery in the event of capsular contracture may include removal of all or portions of the capsule. Dr. Petti has developed a special technique for modifying the remodeled implant pocket and supporting the new implant with an internal bra that she constructs with a unique suture technique. The treatment of the breast contractures can provide an opportunity to upgrade your implants, change the size, and optimize the breast shape to your current figure. It can be a positive situation overall, and Dr. Petti and her breast implant redo patients love to celebrate the new look. This is not to downplay the need, risks, and finances required for another breast surgery, but, truly in her experience, the outcomes are rewarding and worth the effort long term.
Dr. Petti is skilled in techniques to remove implants and creatively re-contour the breasts so they look natural, full, and as symmetrical as possible. She is committed to your well being and results, and we are happy to answer questions you may have about capsular contracture. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Petti.