Breast Implants - Preventing Capsular Contracture

When you undergo a breast augmentation procedure with saline or silicone breast implants, your body may produce an excessive amount of scar tissue around the implant which causes the implants to become very hard. If you end up with capsular contracture, you will be able to feel the scar tissue under the skin and you’ll notice that your implants are very hard and firm – much more than normal. This complication is unpredictable but is also one of the most common complications of the procedure.

Here are some important things you need to know about breast implants and capsular contracture:

Signs of Capsular Contracture

All patients will have some scar tissue after an extensive procedure like breast augmentation. However, excessive scar tissue can develop as the body’s response to injury. Some of the key signs of capsular contracture include: extreme hardening of the breast; lumps or bumps appearing through the skin around the implant; and an unnatural firmness of the breast.

Tips to Prevent Capsular Contracture with Breast Implants

A few ways to prevent this complication of the breast augmentation procedure include:

  • Having the implant placed under the muscle
  • Massaging the implants lightly for weeks after the procedure
  • Requesting textured implants that can deter capsular contracture because of their rough surface
  • Wearing a compression bra or garment for long periods of time
  • Avoiding excessive touching or massaging of bruises
  • Finding out if the surgeon uses a ‘no touch’ technique so that only the head surgeon ends up touching the implant, reducing the risk of inflammation around the tissues

It’s always important to make sure you’re working with a board-certified plastic surgery doctor that specializes in breast augmentation. Experienced surgeons can take measures to prevent capsular contracture, and will also educate you on the technique they will use to perform the procedure