What is capsular contracture?

What is capsular contracture?

One of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures is a breast augmentation (“boob job”).  This type of plastic surgery uses silicone breast implants to increase the size of the breasts.  These implants are recognised by the body’s defence mechanisms (immune system) and walled off in a layer of tissue known as a capsule.  All women who have a breast augmentation develop a capsule.

In some women, this capsule begins to tighten and squeeze the breast implant, which is known as capsular contracture.  In most cases, capsular contracture is completely asymptomatic.  In some women, it can change the shape of the breast and symptoms of tightness and pain.

The assessment and treatment of capsular contracture should be performed by a surgeon experienced in breast implant revision surgery.  Treatment options may include removal of the old implant and capsule and, in some instances, changing the location of the implant.  At Implant Health, our diagnostic packages are designed to detect capsular contracture and, through our network of affiliated surgeons with an expertise in breast implant revision surgery, guide you to the right surgeon for you.

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