Capsular Contracture and Strattice

Plastic Surgeon serving Baltimore, Columbia, Owings Mills and Towson, MD

In the past, capsular contracture treatments were not very successful. Experienced Baltimore plastic surgeon Dr. Adam Basner has adopted a cutting edge technique to minimize and treat capsular contracture. His treatment is a revolutionary technique that is effective for patients with a newly developed capsule, or someone who has had the capsule for many years. Dr. Basner has adopted a cutting-edge technology called Strattice to treat this complication and other problems. Strattice is used for aesthetic breast complications as well as to compensate for thin skin and tissue. To schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Basner, please call our office at (410) 616-3000.

What is Capsular Contracture?

After breast augmentation with breast implants, excessive scar tissue may form around the breast implant, which causes the breast implants to harden (similar to what a contracted muscle feels like) as the naturally forming scar tissue around the breast implant tightens and squeezes it.

Every patient will have some scar tissue from around the breast implant, however, if excessive, the implant will feel firmer or even harder depending on the “grade” of capsular contraction the patient has. Capsular contracture grades from 1-4, with 4 being the firmest. While capsular contracture is an unpredictable complication of breast surgery, it is also the most common complication of breast augmentation.

Some patients may experience discomfort, but most patients seek treatment to improve the feel or look of the breast.

There are both surgical and non-surgical options to treat the condition.  Treatment could include medications, surgical removal of the capsule, Strattice, or ultrasound in minor cases.  Depending on the grade of the capsule and your symptoms, Dr. Basner will help you choose the best option for you.

What is the Strattice Tissue Matrix?

Strattice is a device used by surgeons to address problems caused by weak or inadequate tissue when performing breast augmentation, breast lift or breast surgery revision. When you have weak or inadequate tissue around your breasts, Strattice can be used to reinforce and strengthen the tissue. The device can also be used to repair or replace tissue that is damaged.

As a woman who has undergone any of the following breast surgeries, you can benefit from the restorative breast effects of Strattice:

The device works by providing the necessary implant and tissue support to revise your surgical results or treat common aesthetic complications. The tissue matrix can also help hold a breast implant in the desired position, and it can conceal any implant contours showing beneath thin skin.

Improving your Breast Enhancement Results with Strattice

Strattice is a versatile tool that can be used in many ways to improve your breast enhancement results. Strattice can repair the problems caused by:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Bottoming out
  • Symmastia
  • Implant wrinkling and rippling
  • Undesirable breast fold location

If you have developed capsular contracture after breast augmentation, Strattice can be especially beneficial. In years past, there were not many effective ways to treat capsular contracture. Dr. Basner's Strattice technique is effective whether you have a newly developed breast implant capsule or have had one for many years.

If you want to find out if Strattice may be the right way to improve your breast surgery results in or around Baltimore, Towson, Owings Mills or Columbia, please contact The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland to schedule a cosmetic consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Adam L. Basner.