Hardening of Breast Implant in Los Angeles & Bakersfield, CA
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Hardening of Breast Implant (Capsular Contraction)
Capsular contracture is an uncommon complication that can occur after breast surgery. Scars are a natural result of any injury, including surgical incisions. When an implant is placed, a scar capsule grows around the implant to partially or completely isolate it from the body. If this capsule begins to contract or shrink, it can affect the look and feel of your breasts, and can be quite painful. Dr. Kerendian, Los Angeles Capsular Contracture Treatment Expert, can help.
Although there are non-invasive ways to manage capsular contracture, surgical treatment is generally considered safer and more effective than noninvasive treatments. Dr. Kerendian, expert in treatment of capsular contracture in Los Angeles, will explain your options at your consultation. Treatment may depend on the degree of contracture. In a class I contracture, the tissue is still soft and pliable, and more conservative treatment measures may be more successful. By the time the contracture reaches class IV, the breast may be hard, painful, and distorted and surgical treatment may be necessary.
Your risk of capsular contracture may be higher if you have:
• Suffered severe breast trauma
• An autoimmune disorder, such as lupus
• Radiation therapy
• Older silicone gel implants
• Suffered certain postsurgical complications
Symptoms may not be noticeable at first. Breasts may feel tight, uncomfortable or even painful. Over time, they can develop a round, rippled, or overall misshapen appearance. Dr. Kerendian, Los Angeles capsular contracture treatment expert, may recommend removing the scar tissue or other treatments based on your symptoms and the extent of contracture.
You can decrease your risk of developing capsular contracture. Dr. Kerendian, expert in treatment of capsular contracture in Los Angeles, may recommend specific preventive measures before or after the placement of your implants to keep the tissues surrounding them healthy and flexible. Monitoring your breasts for early signs of changes can also help you intervene before any changes become advanced.
After the surgery, you may need to wear a surgical compression garment to help you heal. Drainage tubes may also be placed. You will be provided with detailed aftercare instructions that you will need to follow to reduce the risk of complications. As with any surgery, recovery from breast surgery can bring some discomfort or pain. This should decrease over time and can be treated with pain medication as needed.