Why Breast Implant Capsular Contraction Happens?

Breast augmentation is a common plastic surgery procedure that remains popular among women from all walks of life. While breast implant surgery has a proven safety record, it also carries potential risks as all surgeries do. One of these risks is breast implant capsular contracture.

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What is Capsular Contracture

When a foreign body is inside our body, such as a pacemaker or breast implant, the body responds by forming a thin layer of scar tissue around that object. Normally, this capsule is flexible and soft. However, in some cases, the capsule becomes hard and thick, pulling the nearby tissue. The breast is no longer soft, but it starts to feel stiff. As time passes, the breast also becomes misshapen.

Why This Breast Surgery Complication Occurs

In cases of breast implant capsular contracture, the cause is evident. Some of these causes include radiation, trauma to the breast, infection, or hematoma. However, in many cases, the reason why this complication happens is not so clear. Researchers believe though, that bacterial contamination of the breast implant is the cause in those cases. They theorize that bacteria located on the outside of the breast implant possibly activate a larger than normal reaction to the foreign object.

Furthermore, a few risk factors can increase the likelihood of you developing this breast implant surgery complication. These include:

·      Silicone implants – Silicone molecules, especially for older silicone implant models, may seep out of the implant leading to inflammation of the surrounding tissue.

·      Periareolar incision – This type of incision is around the nipple and may lead to a greater risk of bacterial contamination.

·      Autoimmune disease – People who have an autoimmune disease have an immune system that is overactive and may overreact to a breast implant.

When Does Breast Implant Capsular Contracture Occur

This surgery complication can occur at any time following breast augmentation. However, most incidences occur within the first couple of months following surgery. Symptoms of capsular contracture normally develop gradually and can become painful.

Aspen Prevention Method for Capsular Contracture

If you are at risk for developing capsular contracture, the Aspen System can be used for its prevention. The Aspen System is a non-invasive, painless technique involving just five treatments that can be accomplished in your surgeon’s office.

The Aspen System is a patented process available through The Aspen After Surgery Center located in Coral Springs, Florida and offers a 1-week FAST TRACK for qualified patients. Typically, the cost of travel and treatment is less than surgery and comes with none of the risks.  If you are considering plastic surgery or have already gone through the process, call us today to speak with one Aspen’s experts.

As surgery has a high re-occurrence rate for these issues happening over and over, The Aspen Treatment can also be provided in a patient’s surgeons office. Ask your surgeon for the Aspen After Surgery Treatment as an inexpensive option to surgery.