Any woman who has had a breast augmentation or has done research on the process prior to getting one has likely seen the term “capsular contracture.” Anyone who gets a breast augmentation can get capsular contracture, but the good news is it’s also preventable and manageable. The type of breast implant used can be a factor in the development of it, as well as the experience level of the plastic surgeon. We will discuss the different types of implants and how they relate to capsular contracture, but let’s first take a closer look at what potentially causes it.
What to Know About Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture can happen in any woman who gets breast augmentation. It occurs when the scar tissue surrounding the breast implant hardens. The result is usually in the form of a firmer-than-normal implant or, in a worse case scenario, potentially distorted shape of the breast. Capsular contracture can be developed as early as around three months after a breast augmentation, and even as late as 20 or more years after the breast augmentation.
Silicone Versus Saline Breast Implants
Research is still ongoing to determine exactly what causes capsular contracture, and how to prevent it from occurring. Implant size, the location of the incision and even the placement of the implant are all thought of as factors, as well as the type of implant itself. Saline implants are more likely to develop capsular contracture than silicone implants. Research has shown that smooth implants come with a higher risk of capsular contracture, which is a characteristic of saline implants. On the other hand, silicone implants are more textured and less likely to develop capsular contracture. Studies will continue on this topic, but for now, plastic surgeons tend to use silicone implants more often due to the lower rate of capsular contracture.
Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon Matters
The plastic surgeon who performs the breast augmentation is just as important as the choice of breast implants. An experienced surgeon, like Dr. Max, has done hundreds of breast augmentations and knows the best practices for reducing the chances of capsular contracture occurring.
Another great thing about using an experienced plastic surgeon is they will give patients tips on how to care for their breasts at home after a breast augmentation. Some of these tips can include:
- Gentle massages on the breasts
- Avoid intense exercises for a few weeks
- Take prescribed medication
- Eat a healthy diet
- Visit the plastic surgeon frequently for checkups
MP Plastic Surgery and Dr. Max want every one of our patients to have a great experience with their breast augmentation. Dr. Max is the best at what he does and will use the proper technique to help every individual achieve the results they desire. He also stays current on the latest technology and trends to ensure his patients receive the best possible service.
If you have any questions about the breast augmentation process or want to learn more about capsular contracture if you’ve already had a breast augmentation, don’t hesitate to call (817) 731-2789 today to schedule a free consultation.