Capsular Contracture Treatment in Washington DC
Capsular Contracture Surgery
There is a chance that the body may react to a breast implant or reconstruction and form a capsule around the implant. When this happens, it is called capsular contracture. This scar tissue can get hard and cause the breast or breasts to be painful.
Sometimes this happens after many years or it can happen relatively soon after breast implant surgery. There are different options to consider: remove the capsule and breast implant completely or remove the capsule and replace the breast implant. Dr. Feledy is an expert at capsular contracture treatment and can help you make the best decision.
“After 15 years of having breast implants, I developed capsular contracture and the implants became hard and painful. After learning how to address it, Dr Feledy helped me remove the implants and replace them with new ones in such a way that will help me avoid the chances of it recurring.” —R.S.*
Capsular Contracture FAQs
1) What is capsular contracture and how does it come about?
One complication of breast augmentation with breast implants is "capsular contracture" or "capsular contraction". This causes the result of the breast augmentation to become affected and become painful or uncomfortable as the breasts appear to harden. What is actually happening is the formation of a capsule - a thin layer of body tissue, similar to scar tissue - has formed around the breast implant. The exact cause of this occurring person to person is unknown. But it can be treated.
2) How can I tell if I have capsular contracture?
Indicators that a capsule has formed or capsular contracture is occurring are:
- The breasts implant may appear to rise or site higher than it should
- The breast may feel harder or more firm than it normally would
- The breast implant area may experience some painful or discomfort
If you have any questions about the chances of this occurring with your breast implants, you should contact Belmont Plastic Surgery and get a consultation at your earliest convenience.
3) How common is capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture may occur in 25% of all women that have breast implants. It is not something to be alarmed about as a surgery to correct it can be performed quickly and with minimal complications. Dr. Feledy is a skilled plastic surgeon that has corrected capsular contracture for over two decades.
4) How do you treat capsular contracture?
There are different methods of treating capsular contracture. Some remove the capsule that formed around the breast or the capsule and replace the breast implant with a new one. You cna also remove the capsule and breast implant and utilize fat grafting to maintain some volume in a natural manner. Dr. Feledy will discuss all the options with you and agree on the best course of action to resolve the situation and give you the best results.
If you have or even think you may have capsular contracture, contact us today so we can help isolate what is going on and assist you in resolving it.