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Hard breast implants can originate from a variety of underlying causes. It is important to understand that hard breast implants right after elective or reconstructive breast surgery may be a normal function of healing. In prolonged cases of hard breast implants, after the healing phase is over, a comprehensive examination by your physician or medical professional is advised.



Hard breast implants after breast augmentation procedures usually begins to end after the pain, bruising and swelling period has resolved. Hardness may be caused by the excessive swelling, aggravation to the tissues from surgery, or increased fluid (edema) around the implant. If you are experiencing uncomfortable or hard breast implants after surgery, you may want to consider proper compression garments, sleeping more upright, ice packs, or Lymphatic Massage to speed the removal of swelling and decrease the pain right after surgery. Aspen Rehabilitation, In Coral Springs, FL can help you have less pain, speed up healing, and reduce pain after surgery by seeing their Certified Lymphedema therapists.

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Hard breast implants can also be experienced after the recovery phase if you are beginning to develop CAPSULAR CONTRACTURE (Also called Capsular Contraction). Capsular Contracture is when the normal shell that forms around the implant begins to harden, “contract”, and squeeze the implant. This may cause it to look like the shape and position has changed and feels harder than normal. Hard breast implants may be caused by Capsular Contracture due to the shell around the implant causing contraction or “squeezing” of the breast implant. This presents itself as a hard breast implant or an implant that is firmer than it should be versus a non contracted capsule.

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Hard breast implants may also be a result of the muscles and tissues around the implant area. The implant itself does not actually become hard. Muscles that have been moved, pushed, or compressed to accommodate the new implant may show up in the form of hard breast implants. These tissues normally stretch and allow room for the new implant but sometimes cause hardness during the “squeeze in” period as muscles may begin to spasm and tighten in response to the trauma, implant, or procedure itself. Some physicians may prescribe smooth muscle relaxers, use Botox injections, or suggest some simple stretching exercises of the chest muscles to break up the spasm cycle.

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If hard breast implants occur it is important to follow up with your medical doctor as certain medical conditions may present which are not directly implant related. Issues related to tumors, infection, bone or other cancers, and other medical maladies may produce hardness in the area of the breast.

In cases where women who have undergone breast reconstruction with implants after Cancer and have had radiation therapy, breast implant hardness may be due to radiations effect of skin hardness, scarring, and tightening around the implant site.

Routine follow ups and exams after breast augmentation, both electively and after reconstruction, are important as well to prevent future hard breast implant complications.

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* The above information is for informative purposes only and Aspen rehabilitation stresses that information read is not for self diagnosis or as a substitute for seeking out proper medical advice. Should you experience any of the above, see a medical professional or physician for proper management and advice.

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