Understanding Capsular Contracture

Buttock and Breast Augmentation (NYC), Park Plaza Plastic Surgery New York (NY)

Capsular contracture is sometimes used to scare women away from breast augmentation.  It is a possible complication of breast augmentation, and it can be painful and require reoperation, and, some say, the temporary removal of breast implants to allow recovery.  Capsular contracture is a serious possible complication, but it is not a bogeyman that should keep you away from breast augmentation, simply one risk factor to consider.  Understanding capsular contracture will help you avoid it following your breast augmentation surgery.

Following breast implant surgery, your body forms a capsule of scar tissue around the breast implant.  This is a normal part of the healing process, and the tightly-woven collagen fibers hold the breast implant in place and provide some support for it.  Sometimes, though, the capsule around the breast implant begins to contract, tightening to the point that the breast becomes hard, and often very tender.

To reduce your risk of capsular contracture, select submuscular placement for the implant.  This can reduce your risk by half or more.  Also, make sure to follow all postoperative instructions given by Dr. Lefkovits.  This is crucial to reduce the risk of infection, since capsular contraction seems more likely in women who have previously experienced infection related to their breast implants.  Pocket exercises, in which the implant is moved around the pocket to keep the pocket expanded a limber, are another important technique for limiting your risk.

But the most important way to limit your risk of capsular contracture is to select the right surgeon.  Risks of capsular contracture vary widely between surgeons, so make sure you pick a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation surgery.  To schedule your breast augmentation consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits, contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today.