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Treating Capsular Contracture

By Sheryl Pilcher on December 05, 2015

Breast implantAdvanced surgical techniques and years of experience on the part of plastic surgeon Sheryl Pilcher have resulted in an overwhelming success rate for patients undergoing breast augmentation surgery. Through breast augmentation, patients can increase the size of their breasts, enhance the shape of the bust line, and improve self-confidence. For all of these reasons, breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. However, for all of the benefits that breast augmentation offers, patients should be aware that the procedure carries a small degree of risk. Although minimal, there is a chance for complications to occur. One of the most common of these complications is capsular contracture. Dr. Pilcher offers capsular contracture treatments at her San Antonio practice to help patients restore the breasts so that they are able to enjoy the results of breast augmentation surgery.

What Is Capsular Contracture?

After breast augmentation surgery, it is natural for the body to form a layer of scar tissue around the breast implant. The body is designed to recognize and fight off any foreign objects or potential causes of infection, thus the creation of this scar tissue. However, in rare instances, the body may completely reject the breast implant. As a result, the scar tissue will harden and squeeze the breast implant. Depending on the degree of capsular contracture this may lead to a number of side effects, including the following:

  • The breasts feel firm or hard
  • The breasts are painful to the touch
  • One or both of the breasts looks misshapen
  • One or both breast implants rupture

Causes of Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is a rare occurrence. It is not clear why some patients develop capsular contracture while others do not. However, there are some circumstances that may increase the risk of capsular contracture, such as:

  • Hematoma, or bleeding around the breast implant
  • Bacterial contamination of the breast implant
  • Rupture of the breast implant
  • Silicone leakage or the presence of silicone from a previous breast implant rupture

Treating Capsular Contracture

In most cases, surgery will be required to treat capsular contracture. There are two surgical treatment options that may be considered: open capsulotomy and open capsulectomy.

  • Open capsulotomy: During this procedure, surgery is performed to grant access to the breast implant pocket. Small scores, or cuts, will then be made in the scar tissue that surrounds the breast implant. The hope is that these scores will release the pressure of the breast implant to restore comfort, as well as improve the shape and feel of the breasts.
  • Open capsulectomy: This surgery is the most common and most successful treatment for capsular contracture. During this procedure, Dr. Pilcher will completely remove the capsule of scar tissue that has formed. With the cleansed breast implant in place, the surgical incision will be closed and the body will be able to heal once again.

Schedule an Appointment

Breast augmentation offers patients a safe and effective way to enhance the figure, improve body contour, and boost self-esteem. If you have questions about breast augmentation surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheryl Pilcher at your earliest convenience to learn more.

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San Antonio, TX 78258

Open Today 8:30am - 5:00pm

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