Before undergoing breast surgery, particularly breast augmentation with breast implants, it is important for the potential patient to have clear and realistic expectations about the procedure. By knowing the side effects and possible complications of the surgery, patients can lessen the risks of acquiring a capsular contracture.
Why does capsular contracture occur?
Capsular contracture happens the moment the capsule that surrounds the breast implant begins to contract, squeezing the implant in the process. This leaves the breast implant uneven or misshapen. It does not only cause a deformity in the appearance of the breasts, but it also causes significant pain to the patient.
The exact cause as to why this happens is unknown, but it can be traced back to the possibility of bacterial infection as well as to exposure to harmful pathogens. At times, it may be caused by a leakage or rupture of the breast implant or by bleeding in the breast tissues.
How can I prevent capsular contracture?
The effects of breast surgery may not last longer than expected, especially when post-surgical breasts are not cared for properly. Thus, it is important to stop capsular contracture before it even happens.
There are different surgical methods available that can be applied to reduce the chances of capsular contracture in patients who have undergone breast augmentation, which include:
- Opting for saline implants than the ones with silicone gel
- Placing the breast implants underneath the chest muscle
- Using textured implants or polyurethane-coated ones since they prevent the capsule from squeezing the implant and distorting it in the process
- Coating the site of surgery with antibiotic medications
- Limiting contact with breast implants and the chest pocket before insertion to control the germ factor
Breast surgery patients can also apply the following post-operative instructions:
- Regular massaging of the breast implants
- The use of compression garments
- Taking antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection
To learn more about preventing capsular contracture or to correct one, request an appointment with Dr. Yates today by calling (801) 525-8741. Dr. Yates is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in breast surgeries and can address your concerns. We look forward to hearing from you!