Breast augmentation is no longer a procedure which is enjoyed solely by the rich and famous and with lower prices and wider availability, more and more women around the world have decided to alter the size of their bust. This is a procedure which can, and has, brought many women greater confidence and the sleeker figure which they have been looking for, and it is a great option for any woman worried about the size of their chest.
As with any procedure however, especially in the world of cosmetic surgery, there are complications which can take place, and capsule contracture is one of the most common. We spoke to a capsule contracture specialist to find out more about this issue, and what you should be aware of.
In a Nutshell?
Capsule refers to natural tissue which is produced by your body, that surrounds the breast implant after it has been put in place, the tissue is transparent and usually very thin. As the body grows tissue around the implant, this both secures the implant, and ensures that both the normal body tissue and the implant, can freely move around inside the breast. With capsular contracture however, this tissue can become hard and thick which causes it to tighten around the breast implant, making it more difficult for it to move around.
What Will Happen?
If you suffer from capsular contracture, there are varying grades of severity in each case. At the lower end of the scale, your implant can become painful and move around within the breast, often taking its position higher up the cup. In more severe cases, grades 3 and 4, the implant can become incredibly painful and be forced into a hard ball which will disfigure the breast and cause great difficulty.
The symptoms for any breast implant complication are invariably similar such as pain around the implant, pain in the location of the implant itself, or a disfigured breast owing to the movement of the implant. If you notice anything different at all with your implant, you must seek medical attention.
Can It Be Fixed?
If this complication should happen to you, it is worth knowing that the issue can be fixed, with what is called a capsulectomy. This process will involve the surgeon opening up the breast and removing the tissue around the implant which has is causing the problems. This procedure does not always solve the problem however and in as many as 80% of the cases, the issue returns when the soft tissue grows back. The solution in this case would be to have the procedure completed again, using a different type of implant.
What Are The Causes?
The cases of this issue can be anything which causes the breast tissue to become inflamed, anything from a simple bump to an ill-fitting bra can cause this issue and it is estimated that up to 27 % of women with implants could face this problem.