Your breasts do not define your womanhood, but they do contribute to your poise, confidence, and sense of self. Whether your breasts have changed due to pregnancy, aging, medical treatments such as a mastectomy, or are less full than you’d like, you may now be planning to get them to the shape that you desire. That means it’s time to visit Beverly Hills’ top breast augmentation specialist, Dr. Maher Anous!
During your initial consultation, he will carefully consider your candidacy and recommend the best type of breast implant for you based on your anatomy and desired results. Being in excellent overall health with no major medical problems, a nonsmoker, and close to your ideal weight, will make you the perfect candidate.
It might come as a surprise to you during this meeting with the doctor when the topic of implant complications and risks comes up. One of these will probably be the risk of capsular contraction, a phenomenon you’ve probably never heard of before. Quite naturally, you become concerned and would like more information.
Something to keep in mind is that complications can arise during or after surgery. Everyone’s body is different, and the composition of connective tissue varies widely from one patient to next. As a result, each patient’s healing process will be uniquely different.
What Exactly Is Capsular Contraction?
Your immune system quickly detects when a foreign object is present. When it recognizes breast implants, a periprosthetic capsule forms around them.
In other words, your chest muscles and skin don’t readily accept the implant as a natural part of your breast. To isolate the implant from your tissues and to keep it from spreading, growing, or moving, your body creates a “capsule” of scar tissue around it and seals it off.
While the formation of a capsule of scar tissue around an implant is a normal part of the healing process, there are situations when this capsule may become hard to the touch and begins to contract around the implant. The result of this could lead to aesthetic problems and, in extreme cases, pain in the breasts.
How Do You Reduce the Risk of Capsular Contraction?
You and Dr. Anous can work together to try and prevent the development of a capsule of tissue around your breast implant.
While it’s not possible to prevent capsular contracture from occurring in the first place, three breast augmentation techniques will reduce the risk of capsular contraction.
1. Minimal Implant Handling
The less Dr. Anous handles the implants before inserting them into the breasts, the less likely bacterial contamination of the implant capsule becomes. To achieve this, surgeons restrict how much they touch any implant before placing it in your body.
2. Textured Gel Implants
Rather than using gel implants with a smooth surface, those with a textured surface make it more difficult for thick scar tissue to form around the implant. As a result, this reduces the likelihood of capsular contraction.
These textured gel implants are usually most suitable when Dr. Anous chooses to place the implants behind the chest muscles, as described below.
3. Sub-Muscular Placement
Placing implants under the pectoral muscles can significantly lower the risk of capsular contracture. Dr. Anous can insert breast implants either partially or completely under the chest muscles. Both these options have a reduced lifetime risk of capsular contracture when compared with implants inserted over the chest muscles.
Additional Ways to Reduce the Risk of Capsular Contraction
- Using the correct size of implant: Instead of trying to increase by several cup sizes at once, start with a mid-sized implant before moving up to a larger one. This slow-and-steady approach gives the tissues more time to stretch.
- Massage: Gentle massage of the breasts while they heal from breast augmentation surgery may prevent the tightening of the capsules. Dr. Anous will likely recommend a daily breast massage in the first few months after your surgery. There are known benefits of learning how to massage the area properly. However, it doesn’t guarantee you’ll eliminate the risk of capsular contracture.
To learn more about how to prepare for breast augmentation, as well as the known risks, contact Dr. Maher Anous in Beverly Hills, CA, and schedule a consultation. Call (310) 341-7174 or send an online request to schedule an appointment. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!