Once a breast implant is in place, fibrous scar tissue forms around it, creating a tissue capsule. The body forms a protective capsule like this around any object it recognizes as foreign. The tissue capsule is usually soft or slightly firm, not noticeable, and helps to keep the implant in place. In some women, a tissue capsule forms that is unusually hard and dense. The capsule tightens around and squeezes the implant. This condition, called capsular contracture, can cause chronic pain and distortion in the shape of the breast, and it can make the breast rise higher on the chest.
What is capsular contracture and how can it be treated?
Capsular Contracture after Breast Augmentation: An Update for Clinical Practice
Sometimes, no matter how skilled a patient's plastic surgeon is, complications arise during or after surgery. This is the case because everyone's body is different. The composition of connective tissue varies widely from one patient to another, for instance, and this means that each patient's healing process is entirely unique. This is why some people tend to develop thick scar tissue after any kind of penetrating skin injury, while others can sustain deep cuts and develop only subtle scarring that fades over time.
Can Massage Help Capsular Contracture After Breast Augmentation?
This website is not intended to be photographic representation of all breast implant complications. You should refer to our breast implant consumer handbook , for a description of potential breast implant complications. For the items included below, we have first defined that complication and then provided an example of a specific case. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue or capsule that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant.
A breast should be soft, flexible, and drape naturally, even if it is a reconstructed breast that was surgically created after a mastectomy. If you have saline or silicone breast implants , capsular contracture can cause your reconstructed breast to shift, change shape, feel hard to the touch, or be painful. If this happens in your case, you can get treatment to correct the problem.