Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications associated with breast augmentation, with some studies showing complication rates of 8% to 15% among primary breast augmentation patients.
Here are several tips for helping you prevent capsular contracture after surgery.
Why Does Capsular Contracture Occur?
This is the body’s normal protective response to any foreign object in the body, be it a breast implant, pacemaker or other object.
Capsular contracture occurs when this capsule of scar tissue begins to tighten and squeeze the implant, leading to a hard, distorted appearance and even pain.
In many cases, patients with capsular contracture will require revision surgery and will need the help of a highly-experienced plastic surgeon.
One of the best ways to avoid this condition is to discuss the risks with your plastic surgeon ahead of time and get tips for preventing it from the start.
How to Prevent Capsular Contracture
If you’ve always longed for fuller, more beautiful breasts don’t let the risk of capsular contracture deter you. We recommend the following tips for helping to lower your risk:
- Regular breast massage – This helps to keep the implant pocket open which helps to prevent capsular contracture. Always follow the specific instructions from your plastic surgeon which may or may not include massage in the beginning stages after surgery.
- Compression exercises – Compression exercises like lying flat on your stomach on the floor can also help to keep the implant pocket open and prevent capsular contracture.
- Compression bra – Wearing a compression bra helps to prevent this complication in the same way compression exercises do.
The rate of capsular contracture is also thought to be less risky with saline implants compared to silicone gel implants as well as with the submuscular implant placement.
Some surgeons also prescribe the asthma medication Singulair. This medication has shown promise in helping to reduce, prevent and treat capsular contracture.
This complication has also been associated with factors which may or may not be preventable including germ contamination during surgery, seroma, hematoma, infection, and smoking cigarettes before or after surgery.
To learn more, schedule a free consultation with us to get the scoop on what your risk level is. We have two convenient New York breast augmentation centers in NYC and Long Island. Call 212.206.0023 or 631.499.1831 to book yours today.
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