Capsular Contracture dallas

Capsular Contracture Treatment Options.

A capsule can form and harden around the breast implant causing aesthetic conerns and pain for patients.

Dallas Capsular Contracture patients can undergo various surgical options to remove the capsule and restore the results of their breast augmentation.

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What Is Capsular Contracture?

Breast implant surgery involves creating an incision line, often under the breast, so that the chosen breast implant can be inserted either above the chest muscle or below. The incisions are closed with stitches and over the next few weeks the incision lines will heal and the implants will settle into position in the breasts. 

After the implant has been inserted the body forms fibrous scar tissue around the implant. This is a natural response by the body to a foreign object and it results in a tissue capsule forming around the implants. This capsule is normally unnoticeable and does not have any effect on the patient. However, capsular contracture is where the capsule tightens and ends up pushing against or squeezing the breast implant. This can cause significant pain in the breast and can also impact the breast’s shape and position. There are four grades of capsular contracture depending on the severity.

American Society of Plastic Surgery explain that capsular contracture is not usually dangerous to the patient. They state that the main issue for breast augmentation patients is that it impacts the appearance of the breasts and therefore alters the aesthetic result of the surgery. Since this is the sole reason the procedure is undertaken, aesthetic alterations from capsular contracture tend to be undesirable.


Symptoms Of Capsular Contracture Breast Implant

Patients experiencing these symptoms or who are worried they have capsular contracture should book to see their surgeon to discover the most suitable action. Some of the main symptoms of capsular contracture include:

  • Breast pain
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Firmness in the breast
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Breast implant moves in position

What Causes Capsular Contracture?

There is nothing in particular that surgeons or patients do that causes capsular contracture. However, some of the factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing capsular contracture include:

  • Hematoma (build-up of blood)
  • Developing an infection of your implant
  • Genetics 
  • A family history of autoimmune disease
  • How our bodies form scars
  • Size of implant in comparison to the patient
  • Implant placed on top of the muscle
  • An implant rupture 
  • Radiation therapy

How To Prevent Capsular Contracture

American Society of Plastic Surgery explains that it is not possible to prevent capsular contracture from occurring and is beyond the control of both the surgeon and the patients. They outline that the only possible preventative strategy is conducting patient screening before procedures to determine health conditions that may increase the likelihood of capsular contracture occurring. 

With regards to the actual breast augmentation surgery, they explain that using a suitable sized implant for a patient is important as patients who have insufficient tissue over the implant are more likely to develop a capsule around the implant. Implants also should not be handled before they are inserted as this increases the risk of infection which also increases the risk of capsular contracture. 


Healthline also discusses the benefits of massaging the breasts to help prevent the capsule from hardening. Most surgeons will recommend that breast augmentation patients massage their breasts daily using specific techniques to help prevent capsular contracture from occurring.


Capsular Contracture Treatment

Capsulectomy

This is a surgical procedure where the existing implant and the capsule are removed. A new breast implant can be inserted that is wrapped in a sheet made of collagen to provide more protection.

Open Capsulotomy

This procedure focuses on the capsule and aims to cut it open by making a small incision, or by removing parts of it. Sometimes the breast implant is replaced but this is not always necessary.

Autologous Reconstruction

The breast implant is removed and the patient’s breast will be reconstructed with tissue from another area of the body. This surgery is more complex than the other two but it does prevent the chance of capsular contracture occurring again.


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Capsular Contracture Surgery Cost

RealSelf state that the average cost in the United States for capsular contracture treatment is $7,825. This cost will be in addition to the price of the initial breast augmentation procedure. There are some insurance companies and policies that do help to cover the cost of capsular contracture treatment if patients are in pain and suffering from symptoms. However, not all policies will cover the cost of treatment so it is recommended that patients speak to their providers before undergoing any surgery so they are aware of the potential risks and costs.

Non-surgical Treatment For Capsular Contracture

There are some nonsurgical treatments available for capsular contracture, that aim to break up the capsule externally. For example, ultrasound can be used as a non-surgical treatment option. The ultrasound targets the capsule with the aim of breaking up the scar tissue and releasing the capsule.

WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING

“Wonderful experience and fantastic results with Dr. Liland and his staff. If I had known how easy and quick the recovery would be, I would have done it much sooner.”

N. Fatemian

Dr. Liland is experienced in a full range of procedures and can help you determine whether treatment is right for you and, if so, which solution is best suited to your needs.

If you want to take the next step and learn more about your options, contact us online or call us.