What is Capsular Contracture and How is it Treated?

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Baltimore, Columbia, Owings Mills, Towson, Nearby Maryland & Lower Pennsylvania

Posted: October 23, 2019
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Breast augmentation has a long and successful track record. Millions of women have relied on the surgery to enhance their breasts and feel more confident in their bodies. However, even a skillfully-performed procedure poses a slight risk of complications. One possible, and treatable, breast enhancement complication is a condition known as capsular contracture.

Keep reading for the essential information you should know about capsular contracture. Plus, discover Dr. Adam Basner’s unique approach to correcting this concern and giving you the results you desire through revision breast surgery.

Capsular Contracture and Breast Implants

Woman after capsular contracture treatment in BaltimoreA capsule of scar tissue naturally forms around any medical or cosmetic implant placed in the body. This happens because the body recognizes the implant as a foreign object and attempts to isolate it. Normally, this process is harmless, and the capsule remains soft and unnoticeable. When it comes to breast implants, the capsule can even help prevent unwanted movement.

Issues can arise if the capsule of scar tissue becomes unusually hard or thick. This can happen due to a number of factors, including autoimmune disease or a tendency to develop thick scar tissue after an injury. With capsular contracture, the capsule shrinks around the implant and squeezes it.

This process is often gradual. Additionally, it tends to occur within several years of implant placement. It can lead to discomfort, but more commonly presents as aesthetic problems. Depending on the severity of capsular contracture, your breasts may feel firm to the touch, appear overly round, or sit higher on your chest than you desire.

Treating Capsular Contracture with STRATTICE

Capsular contracture is not usually an immediate health concern unless it causes your implants to rupture. However, the condition should still be corrected if it is causing you physical discomfort or aesthetic dissatisfaction. Dr. Basner wants you to enjoy the aesthetically pleasing, confidence-enhancing results that led you to pursue breast augmentation in the first place.

Breast implant revision is an excellent option to correct capsular contracture and restore a natural-looking and feeling breast profile. The procedure involves removing your old implants and any scar tissue before placing new implants. Dr. Basner takes a unique approach to revision surgery by incorporating the advanced STRATTICE™ Reconstructive Tissue Matrix to provide additional benefits.

STRATTICE is a biocompatible mesh that reinforces weak tissue. It creates internal support for your implants, reducing the likelihood of future complications. STRATTICE can offer aesthetic advantages and improve your long-term satisfaction with your revision results. Most patients tolerate the material well and enjoy the outcome it provides.

Learn More About Treating Capsular Contracture in Baltimore

Dr. Basner is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who takes preventative measures to reduce your chance of developing capsular contracture after breast augmentation surgery. With newer approaches to breast revision surgery, he can also help lower your risk of future issues after capsular contracture treatment.

Schedule your consultation today at 410-593-3064 to learn about treating capsular contracture with STRATTICE. This option can help you achieve breasts that look and feel the way that you desire. Dr. Basner welcomes patients from Baltimore, Columbia, Owings Mills, Towson, and other areas of Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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