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Capsular Contracture After Breast Implants Treatment

When breast implants are used for augmentation procedures, the body responds to the implant by creating a capsule of scar tissue around it. This is a normal response, but it can become pronounced in some cases. Capsular contracture is a complication that can occur with breast augmentation with implants, causing varying degrees of discomfort or deformity. At Vantage Plastic Surgery, we offer capsular contracture after breast implant treatment at our clinics in NYC.

Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue around the breast implant becomes thicker and tighter than normal. This is caused by an abnormal reaction to the inflammation that occurs during the healing process. A bacterial contamination combined with excessive bleeding around the implant can result in capsular contracture. Symptoms of capsular contracture include:

  • Breast becomes harder
  • Breast pain
  • Tightness and firmness in the breast
  • Round or ball shape
  • Misshapen breast
  • Breasts become higher

The signs and symptoms of capsular contracture can occur slowly over time after breast augmentation. The severity of symptoms can vary. Slight capsular contracture may not be painful or noticeable, while severe cases can deform the breasts and become very painful.

Capsular Contracture Surgery

There are some non-surgical treatments that may be used for mild cases of capsular contracture with varying success. However, for severe cases of capsular contracture, surgery is usually the best option. Removing the capsule and often the implant either partially or completely may be needed. The implant may need to be replaced, or some patients may choose to have both their breast implants removed completely. Using advanced surgical techniques can reduce the chance of recurrence of capsular contracture in patients who choose to replace their implants after a total capsulotomy.

At Vantage Plastic Surgery, we offer treatment for capsular contracture after breast implants at our clinics in Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you have symptoms of capsular contracture, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Shteynberg is a talented double board certified plastic surgeon who can offer advanced treatment or surgery for relieving capsular contracture in breast implant patients.