What is capsular contracture?

Woman with perfect breasts in black bra on black background Whenever a foreign object is introduced into the body through surgery, it is common for a capsule to form. Capsules are a thin layer of scar tissue that will typically form around implants, including breast implants. In most cases, the capsule is unnoticeable and practically undetectable with touch, but in some instances, scar tissue becomes thick and tightens around a breast implant, causing a condition known as “capsular contracture.” For women who develop this issue, they will experience unfavorable breast shape, abnormal changes to the contours of the breasts, and excess firmness. 

While the risk of capsular contracture is often related to older breast implant designs and in those women who have had radiation therapy for breast cancer, anyone can develop this problem. Fortunately, when this condition does occur, there are solutions for patients to consider with the help of their plastic surgeon. Dr. Kenrick A. Spence and his team at Hillside Plastic Surgery of Orlando, FL can not only evaluate a patient to give them a proper diagnosis of the condition, but provide revision surgeries to treat it. 

What can be done to correct capsular contracture? 

Dr. Kenrick A. Spence can either remove the tightened capsule through a capsulectomy, or release the scar tissue through capsulotomy. In many situations, the patient may be able to maintain their existing breast implant, though there are some cases where removal is necessary. Patients can have the implant removed and place a new one, or consider breast revision surgeries to restore the breasts per the preference of the patient. The primary goal is to address the capsular contracture problem while maintaining and restoring the natural look and feel of the breasts. This can be done with additional revision surgeries at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery. 

Do you suspect you are dealing with capsular contracture? 

Call Hillcrest Plastic Surgery today to book an appointment with Dr. Kenrick A. Spence to get a proper diagnosis and discuss breast revision surgery. The office is located at 130 Hillcrest Street in Orlando, Florida, and can be reached by calling the front desk team at (407) 999-2585 to request a consultation visit.

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