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Capsular contracture is a common condition that can affect women with breast implants. The scar tissue surrounding one or both implants can begin to tighten, squeezing the implant and distorting its shape. This condition can also lead to physical discomfort, in addition to feelings of anxiety and self-consciousness. Fortunately, Dr. Azita Madjidi can treat capsular contracture. Contact our Houston office today if you have had a breast augmentation, and are now experiencing a hardening of the breasts, changes in their shape, or physical discomfort. We are here to help you regain the confidence and peace of mind you deserve.
How Capsular Contracture Affects Implants
When an implant is placed within the breast, a protective layer of scar tissue forms around it. This layer is often called a capsule. Usually, this layer of tissue is thin, smooth, and undetectable to the patient. In some cases, however, excessive scar tissue can form and contract. As the capsule tightens, the tissue can squeeze the implant, causing discomfort and a distorted outward appearance.
The Stages of Capsular Contracture
Typically, there are four stages of capsular contracture. During the first stage, a patient can feel increased firmness, although the breast still appears normal and soft. The second stage occurs when the tissue around the implant is visibly hardened, and by the third stage, the implant will be fixed in place, inflexible and hard. The fourth and most severe stage of capsular construction involves tenderness and pain as the capsule is further squeezed, and in some instances, the implant is visibly distorted by the pressure.
What Causes Capsular Contracture?
The precise cause of capsular contracture is unknown. However, certain circumstances and conditions do seem to increase the risk of developing capsular contracture, including:
- Chronic or acute infection
- Intra-operative bleeding
- Type and placement of breast implants (subglandular saline implants seem to carry the highest risk for capsular contracture)
- Propensity for scarring
- Breast implant rupture
- Tobacco use
- Contamination or over-handling of the implant prior to breast implant placement.
Treating Capsular Contracture
Dr. Azita Madjidi is meticulous about every aspect of the procedures she performs. Her attention to detail has resulted in a very low rate of capsular contracture among her patients. Many patients suffering with this condition following breast augmentation performed by another surgeon turn to Dr. Madjidi for revision surgery. In most cases, removing the scar tissue and replacing the affected implant will correct the condition.
Contact Us Today
If you have undergone breast augmentation, and your breasts have become tender, painful, or unusually hard, you may be experiencing capsular contracture. With her clinical experience and a dedication to patient satisfaction, Dr. Madjidi can diagnose this condition, and help restore a natural look and feel to your breasts with a personalized breast implant revision. With her expertise and compassionate approach, Dr. Madjidi can help you feel confident, beautiful, and comfortable once again.