Capsular contracture is a complication that can occur after breast implant surgery. When you get breast implants, your body forms a scar tissue “capsule” around them. This is like a little protective cocoon that keeps your implants safe and secure. But sometimes, that capsule can get a little too cosy, and start to shrink, which can cause hardness and some serious discomfort.
What Causes Capsular Contracture?
The exact cause of capsular contracture is still not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to several factors, including:
- Bacterial contamination during surgery
- Bleeding around the implant
- Hematoma (collection of blood) around the implant
- Trauma to the breast
- Implant rupture or leakage
Capsular contracture can occur at any time after breast surgery, but it is more likely to happen in the first few months after surgery. Certain types of implants, such as textured implants, may also be more prone to causing capsular contracture.
The severity of capsular contracture is typically graded using the Baker scale, which ranges from grade I to grade IV.
– Grade I: Breast is soft. Implant is not palpable or visible.
– Grade II: Breast is solid. Implant is palpable but not visible.
– Grade III: Breast is hardened. Implant is palpable and visible.
– Grade IV: Breast is deformed and painful. Implant is palpable and visible.
The grading of capsular contracture is important in determining the appropriate treatment plan.
How Can Capsular Contracture be Prevented and Treated?
Prevention is the key to avoiding capsular contracture. During your consultation with your cosmetic practitioner, make sure to discuss your medical history and any medications you are taking. It’s also important to choose a qualified and experienced cosmetic practitioner who uses proven surgical techniques and follows strict sterile protocols to minimise the risk of infection.
After surgery, follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions carefully, including taking any prescribed medications, wearing a compression garment, and avoiding strenuous activities until you are fully healed.
If you do develop capsular contracture, there are several treatment options available, including:
- Non-surgical treatments, such as massage, ultrasound therapy, and medication
- Revision surgery to remove the scar tissue and/or replace the implant
- Total capsulectomy, which involves removing the implant and all scar tissue
It’s important to note that revision surgery and total capsulectomy carry their own risks and should only be considered after careful consultation with your doctor.
Although capsular contracture is a potential complication of breast implant surgery, it can be prevented and treated with proper care and attention. If you have any questions or concerns about capsular contracture or breast implant surgery, feel free to contact us at Esteem Cosmetic Studio. We’re here to help you make an informed decision about your cosmetic journey.
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