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Correction for Capsular Contracture in Buffalo, NY

Breast augmentation is designed for long-term breast enhancement. However, some women may experience complications that can compromise the results of their initial breast surgery. Capsular contracture is a condition that develops when the natural scar tissue capsule that forms thickens and constricts around the implants. The constriction can cause discomfort and an unsatisfactory breast appearance.

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Capsular Contracture

Identifying Capsular Contracture

  • Firm, hard, or tight breasts
  • Breasts that sit very high on the chest
  • Misshapen breasts
  • Breast pain or discomfort

Potential Causes of Capsular Contracture

Post-op Complications

Several postoperative complications may contribute to the development of capsular contracture. Hematoma (pooling of blood due to broken blood vessels), seroma (buildup of fluid under the skin), and bacterial infection have been known to lead to capsular contracture, which typically occurs within the first two years after breast augmentation.

Breast Trauma

Blunt force trauma to the breasts may also contribute to the development of capsular contracture. Patients who have older implants filled with less cohesive silicone gel are more likely to experience silicone leakage upon rupture, which can also lead to capsular contracture. After any breast trauma, patients are advised to schedule an appointment with their surgeon for an evaluation.

Overly Large Implants

Some patients with thin or weakened breast tissue are at a higher risk of developing capsular contracture with overly large implants. The stress that larger, heavier implants impose upon the breast tissue may trigger the fibrotic reaction that causes capsular contracture, so selecting a smaller set of implants may be beneficial for this demographic.

Breast Revision to Correct Capsular Contracture

The most effective method for correcting capsular contracture is breast revision surgery. The procedure will include a capsulectomy, which involves removing the tight capsule that has formed around the implant. Saline implants do not need to be replaced unless they deflate, and silicone gel implants should be replaced if there is evidence of a leak. Submuscular implant placement and the use of textured implants may prevent recurrence. Insertion of a material scaffold has been shown to completely prevent contractures but is very costly.


Immediately After

Immediately After

Your recovery after breast revision surgery will feel fairly similar to your breast augmentation recovery. Bruising and swelling are typical. You will wear a support bra for a couple of weeks during your recovery.

2 to 3 Weeks After

2 to 3 Weeks After

By this time, you should be able to resume light exercise. Significant swelling may still prevent you from noticing a difference in the look and feel of your breasts. You can return to work within 7 to 14 days.

6 Weeks After

6 Weeks After

You can resume all normal activities. Most of the swelling should have subsided, but minor swelling may still be present. You should begin to notice the look and feel of your final results, which will continue to improve over the next several weeks.

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