Capsular contracture is a breast implant complication that occurs
when the natural scar tissue that forms around your breast implant grows too
thick and squeezes your implant. This can affect the appearance of your breasts,
make them feel hard, and may also cause discomfort and pain. There’s no known
way to prevent capsular contracture, but there are effective treatments.
Treatments for capsular contracture
Surgery is the
standard and most effective treatment for capsular contracture. Your surgeon
will either cut open the capsule to relieve the pressure on your implant
(capsulotomy), or remove the capsule entirely (capsulectomy). A new capsule
will form after surgery, but there is no way to tell if it will cause capsular
Your surgeon may reuse your existing implants or replace
them depending on their age and condition. If you choose to have your implants
removed entirely, then you may need a more involved surgery to restore the
appearance of your natural breasts.
such as Accolate or Singulair can have mild to moderate benefits in softening
your breasts and preventing reoccurrence of capsular contracture. These drugs
have anti-inflammatory properties that can soften the natural scar tissue that
forms around your implants.
A closed capsulotomy
is a non-surgical treatment that involves your surgeon squeezing your implants
very hard to break open the capsule. This procedure is outdated as it is not
always effective, and can damage and void the warranty on your implants.
Recovery after capsular contracture surgery is similar to
your original breast augmentation surgery, but usually milder. You will have
pain, swelling, bruising, and soreness, and you’ll have to avoid strenuous
activity while you heal. Most women can return to work after one to two weeks.
The costs of treating capsular contracture depend on many
factors, including your location, surgeon, and health insurance coverage. Additional fees or procedures can impact costs as well.
Your surgeon and health insurance provider can help with exact cost