What is capsular contracture?

Capsular contracture, is a complication that can occur after breast augmentation. While breast augmentation is generally considered safe, capsular contracture is a potential concern that may affect some individuals.

In normal healing after breast augmentation surgery, the body forms a natural protective barrier around the implanted device called a capsule. This capsule is composed of collagen fibres and other connective tissues, serving as a protective barrier between the implant and the surrounding tissues. However, in cases of capsular contracture, this natural process goes awry.

Capsular contracture occurs when the capsule tightens and contracts around the breast implant. This tightening can cause the breast to feel firm or hard and may lead to changes in shape and appearance. In some cases, the contracture can result in discomfort or pain.

The exact cause of capsular contracture is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to a combination of factors. These factors may include the body’s response to the foreign implant, bleeding around the implant, infection, or genetic predisposition. Surgical techniques, implant type, and implant placement may also influence the likelihood of developing capsular contracture.

Management of capsular contracture varies depending on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, non-surgical interventions such as massage, medication, or ultrasound therapy may be recommended to help soften the capsule and alleviate symptoms. In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove or replace the implant and address the contracted capsule.

Preventing capsular contracture is challenging, but certain measures may help reduce the risk. Proper implant selection, placement, and surgical techniques, as well as following post-operative care instructions diligently, can contribute to minimising the likelihood of this complication.

In conclusion, capsular contracture is a potential complication following breast augmentation surgery. Although the exact cause is not fully understood, advancements in surgical techniques and post-operative care continue to improve outcomes. Individuals considering breast augmentation should discuss the risks and benefits with their surgeon to make informed decisions about their procedure. Regular follow-up appointments with a healthcare professional are essential for monitoring and addressing any potential complications, including capsular contracture.

Are you worried about capsular contracture?

Implant Health gives patients access to personalised breast health screenings, with only the very best surgeons, and radiologists to ensure the highest standards of excellence.

Currently, the service is available at OneWelbeck Medical Centre in London. The scans start at £450 and are open to anybody who has breast implants.