If you are planning to undergo breast augmentation especially that you will be having a breast implant, you must be aware that there is a possibility that you might develop capsular contracture. The mentioned complication is the most common aesthetic complication of breast augmentation. If you have a complication related to your breast surgery, it is most likely you will have this issue. Why does capsular contracture occur?
As a normal reaction, the body forms a productive lining every time there is a foreign material implanted in the body. This lining is often referred to as capsule, a layer of fibrous tissue around the implant. The capsule does not cause any serious effect. However, if the capsule that forms around the implant gets very thick and squeezes the implant, it can develop into a capsular contracture which results in pain, firmness, and distortion of the breasts. The tighter the capsule becomes, the worse the symptoms will be. If we look under the microscope, this capsule consists largely of cell core fibroblasts with connective tissue. A specialized fibroblast has been identified in the capsules of patients with capsular contracture. This cell type is considered responsible for making the actual scar that squeezes the implant to various degrees.
The degree of capsular contracture depends on the symptoms and manifestation. You have a mild capsular contracture if one of your breasts feels a little bit firm. There is a capsule, but it is not significantly contracting or distorting the breast. The more the capsule progresses, the firmer the breast is going to feel, resulting in a moderate contracture. This is where the breasts feel firm and start to get an abnormal shape, more like a ball, as the implant is being squeezed out of position, typically upwards. If you have a severe capsular contracture, you will notice a significant firmness, distortion, and pain in the breasts.
September 30, 2016
Hi there! Click one of our representatives below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.