My breast implants have become hard and painful and they don’t look the same. What’s going on?
When breast implants are placed in the body, scar tissue forms around the implants which ultimately holds them in position. However, sometimes that scar tissue can get thick and squeeze the implants, causing firmness, deformity and even pain. This is called capsular contracture.
It is unclear why capsular contracture develops in some women and not others, but we know that if you develop capsular contracture, you are more likely to get it again. Unfortunately for these women, they often go through a frustrating cycle of having an implant revision to restore soft breasts and then a year or two later they become hard again.
Fortunately, there are now new techniques breaking this cycle. In my Harvard plastic surgery residency, we commonly used a product called “acellular dermal matrix” (ADM for short), to help in reconstructing breasts after breast cancer. What we learned through this experience was that when an ADM was used, patients had fewer complications with capsular contracture. So the good news is, we are now bringing this new technique to cosmetic patients.
There are many styles of ADM on the market including Alloderm™ and BellaDerm,® but the most important component is how they are placed in the breast pocket during surgery.
If you or a friend suffers from capsular contracture after breast augmentation, call us for more information and set up a cosmetic consultation. Let us give you back that beautiful look you had when you first got your implants. For more details follow us on Facebook or Instagram for our weekly cosmetic surgery Q & A with Dr. Mike.
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