3 Proven Strategies To Reduce Capsular Contracture Risk After Breast Implants


3 Proven Strategies To Reduce Capsular Contracture Risk After Breast Implants

A Painful Complication With Capsular Contracture

Breast implants can help women achieve an ideal breast size and shape, doing wonders for confidence. While the procedure has high satisfaction rates, there is the chance of the occasional issue. Capsular contracture is a complication that can occur after breast implant surgery. This condition happens when the scar tissue around the implant tightens, causing the breast to feel firm and potentially changing overall shape. Capsular contracture can lead to discomfort and a less natural appearance of the breasts. In some cases, surgery may be needed to correct the issue. Doctors often recommend these 3 strategies to significantly reduce the risk of this complication.

1. Choose the right size of implants

When deciding to have breast implant surgery, choosing the right size of implants is crucial to minimize the risk of capsular contracture. This means that the size of the implants should be proportional to the patient’s body frame and existing breast tissue. The wrong implant size can lead to significant tissue formation and scarring around the implant. An experienced surgeon can best guide patients in selecting the appropriate size of implants based on anatomy and desired aesthetic outcome.

2. Opt for textured implants

Some studies show that smooth implants may increase the risk of capsular contracture. A textured feel, such as gummy bear implants, has been shown to result in a lower risk of this complication. Silicone and gummy bear implants are designed with a rough or textured surface. This rough texture helps promote the formation of a natural capsule around the implant, reducing the likelihood of capsular contracture.

3. Consider submuscular implant placement

Proper placement of the implants is also an important factor in a patient’s overall risk of capsular contracture. Breast implants are placed in front of the chest muscular wall or slightly behind the chest wall. Each position has pros and cons, but the subglandular position poses the highest risk. Submuscular placement means that the implant will be positioned under the pectoral muscle. In doing so, the implant is better supported and massaged naturally whenever the pectoral muscle moves. While submuscular implant placement may not be suitable for every individual, the option is worth considering in reducing the risk of capsular contracture.

Enjoy implants without capsular contracture

The above 3 strategies are research-based recommendations that can help minimize the risk of capsular contracture. However, there is still no foolproof method to eliminate the risk completely. Patients may also potentially reduce the risk by properly following post-operative care instructions, attending regular follow-up appointments, and promptly reporting any unusual symptoms or changes in the breasts to the surgeon. Gently massaging the breasts and performing recommended exercises can also aid in preventing capsular contracture. Remember that each patient is unique, and individual circumstances may vary. As such, patients should consult an experienced surgeon for personalized advice and guidance on reducing the risk of capsular contracture during breast implant surgery.

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