Breast augmentation is a medical procedure that can be helpful in making a woman feel more confident about her appearance. With a knowledgeable plastic surgeon, the final result you are looking for can be achieved. However, as with almost any medical procedure, there are risks involved such as capsular contracture. Prior to a breast augmentation, it is important for you to become informed about the possible risks involved.
Risk of Infection
There is a risk of infection in any type of medical operation, breast augmentation is no different. The majority of infections occur within two to three weeks following the procedure. The most common symptom of infection is fever and redness. It is important to contact your doctor immediately after signs present themselves. Ask your doctor what other signs you should be aware of with a possible infection.
Risk of Rupture and Leakage
Breast implants made of silicone gel have a small risk of rupture and leakage. Silicone does not cause any issues with your health and does not absorb into your body. If the leakage is not severe, treatment is usually not needed. To ensure they do not worsen, your doctor will monitor them.
Inflammation may occur in the capsule (scar tissue formed around the implant) with a rupture. This can result in a thicker capsule. A rupture may also distort the size and shape of the breast.
Risk of Capsular Contracture
The most common complication following a breast augmentation is Capsular Contracture. This is the result of the capsule not developing properly. The capsule either over-develops or insufficiently develops in 20-25 percent of cases. In cases where a capsule does not develop sufficiently, an unstable implant may occur that may slide out of place. However, in the case of an over-developed capsule, the scar tissue may become firm or thick, tightening the skin around it.
Capsular Contracture can be uncomfortable or painful. It may also cause the implant to change position or shape. No intervention may be needed in cases of a minor capsular contracture.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Capsular Contracture
Previously, the surgeon would break up the capsule (scar tissue) by squeezing the affected breast and implant. However, due to the complications possible, this technique is no longer recommended. Other helpful treatments involve the use of vitamin E and/or anti-inflammatory leukotrienes, including Singular and Accolate. These treatments have proven to only provide an occasional improvement for Capsular Contracture.
A promising and effective treatment includes the Aspen Rehab Therapy protocol, a non-invasive therapeutic method that has proven successful in the treatment of capsular contracture. Research on the Aspen protocol shows that 90% of patients achieve improvement to a within normal limit softness and shape. Aspen Rehabilitation, a post-plastic surgery treatment facility located in Coral Springs, Florida that specializes in this up-and-coming non-surgical treatment. By utilizing the Aspen Protocol, the shape and softness of the breast, as well as the symmetry, is restored.
Before & After
After breast augmentation, it is important to follow all directions given by your plastic surgeon to decrease the risk of complications. If you experience any of these risks, contact your doctor immediately to ensure the best treatment is effective.