As with any foreign object introduced into the body, it is normal for a thin layer of scar tissue to form around breast implants, creating what’s known as a “capsule.” Most of the time, this capsule remains unnoticed and virtually undetectable to the touch. In some instances, however, scar tissue can thicken and tighten around the implant, resulting in a condition called “capsular contracture.” This can often lead to an abnormal and/or unfavorable breast shape, as well as excessive firmness in the breasts.
Although the risk of capsular contracture is typically higher for older implant designs and patients who have undergone radiation therapy as part of breast cancer treatment, anyone is susceptible to the development of this unwanted condition. Thankfully, there are treatment options for those experiencing capsular contracture, two of which are offered here at The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago.
To correct capsular contracture, our board certified plastic surgeons – Dr. Lorri Cobbins and Dr. Brian Braithwaite – can either completely remove the tightened capsule (capsulectomy) or release the scar tissue that’s causing the capsule to shrink (capsulotomy). Using either technique, our doctors may be able to salvage the existing breast implants, though there is a possibility that the implants will need to be replaced. This is generally determined by the implant’s age, design, and/or the preference of the patient.
Ultimately, the aim of capsular contracture treatment is to restore a natural look and feel to the breasts, and our plastic surgeons have been able to achieve this goal with exceptional results for numerous patients. To learn more, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today.