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Capsular contracture is a complication that sometimes follows breast implant surgery. It occurs when the scar tissue that naturally forms around the implant begins to contract, squeezing the implant. This condition can cause discomfort and pain, and the breast can appear distorted in shape. Depending on the severity of the condition, capsular contracture can be remedied with corrective surgery.

What is capsular contracture?

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Symptoms of capsular contracture

About 10 percent of patients undergoing breast augmentation surgery will experience some degree of capsular contracture. While the cause is not fully known, factors like genetics, autoimmune conditions, and bacterial infections appear to play a role. Before you undergo any augmentation surgery, Dr. Larson will thoroughly examine your medical records and ask you questions to ensure to minimize your risk factors.

Capsular contracture will generally emerge while your body is healing from your breast implant surgery, most commonly during the first six months following your surgery. While uncommon, capsular contracture can also occur many years after breast augmentation surgery. Symptoms include the following:

  • One or both breasts feel firmer, hard, or rounder
  • A feeling of tightness in one or both breasts
  • Change in the shape of your breast or breasts, causing them to look distorted or misshapen
  • Change in the position of your breast or breasts
  • Breasts feel sore or tender

How is capsular contracture treated?

If you experience any of the above symptoms, be sure to contact Dr. Larson. Dr. Larson goes to great lengths to prevent capsular contracture both before, during, and after surgery. However, since everyone has a unique immune response, it can not be ruled out as a possible complication.

Both non-surgical and surgical options exist to treat capsular contracture. During your consultation, you and Dr. Larson will go over your exact symptoms and preferences and determine the most suitable treatment for you. In milder cases, massage, ultrasound and/or medications may be sufficient to help relax and soften the firm capsule. In more severe cases, corrective surgery can be performed. The procedure will depend on the degree of the condition.

Corrective surgery

During corrective surgery for capsular contracture, Dr. Larson will partially or fully remove the scar tissue capsule. In most cases, he will also replace the implant. He will use the incisions made during your augmentation surgery so that you won’t have any new scars. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and can take up to about three hours. It is normal to feel sore and groggy for the first few days. Dr. Larson will keep you under close supervision with follow-up appointments to ensure everything is healing as it should after your procedure.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to answer your questions and provide you with all the information you need.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

In accordance with the decision made by the Governor, elective surgery will once again be possible in the state of Arizona as of May 1.

This means that we will be expanding the operating hours of our office on a limited basis to accommodate new patients and to care for post-operative patients.

Physical Distancing measures will still be in effect. If you are coming to the office, please wear a mask and sanitize or wash your hands before entering and frequently while you are with us. We will be wearing masks as well and limiting physical and close contact.

If you are coughing, feeling ill or have a fever, DO NOT come to the office. Call us instead and we can make arrangements to see you if you need us. We will also have limited staff present in the office so things may run a bit more slowly.

Telemedicine consults are still available, and we encourage you to use this option if possible.

We are working to reschedule all the patients who had their surgeries temporarily canceled as a result of the quarantine. We will be in touch with you to do so, there is no need to call us. Please be patient with us, the surgery centers and hospitals will be working through a major backlog.

The mortality rate of this disease climbs sharply after 50. If you are over 50, please stay home if at all possible. Patients over 60 should only come to the office for emergencies or issues that cannot wait such as trauma or cancer.

Please be safe and bear with us as we begin the phased process of re-opening.

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