For the last couple decades, breast implants have been one of the most popular and common plastic surgery procedures. Tens-of-millions of women get breast augmentation every year. Over time, the techniques, tools, and technology for breast augmentation have improved by leaps and bounds, which has driven down the instances of complications. However, the most common issue with breast implants is something called capsular contracture. We’ll look at exactly what that is below. The procedure to correct it is called a breast revision. New Jersey surgeons and patients alike want to minimize the chances of capsular contracture developing, especially if the patient has already had breast revision to correct it once. In this blog post, we’ll look at what capsular contracture is and some of the things that patients and surgeons can do to help minimize it after breast revision. New Jersey women that are experiencing any issues with their breast implants should call Dr. Comizio today at (973) 775-9248. We also have some patient interview videos up on our Case Studies page if you want to get an idea of what your experience will be like with Dr. Comizio.
What Is Capsular Contracture?
First, let’s talk a little bit about what capsular contracture is.
- Breast pocket – During a breast augmentation, Dr. Comizio has to create a “pocket” underneath the breast for the implant.
- Healing over the implant – After the implant is placed, the body begins to heal around it. Now, the body doesn’t know what the implant is, so it forms a protective scar capsule around the implant. This is good because it gives the implant a soft, natural feel.
- Hardening scar tissue – However, in some cases, the scar tissue will start to contract around the implant and harden. This squeezes the implant and can cause it to look distorted, tight, and raise the implants higher up on the chest.
Correcting Capsular Contracture with Breast Revision
New Jersey women that are suffering from capsular contracture can potentially correct the issue with breast revision surgery. Here’s how that works.
- The incision – Dr. Comizio will often use the inframammary fold incision which is her preferred location to perform the initial breast augmentation.
- Remove the implant – Usually, Dr. Comizio will remove the implant and replace it. However, this is not absolutely required, and some New Jersey patients choose to keep the same implant.
- Remove excess tissue – As we mentioned above, the scar capsule around the implant is usually soft. But with capsular contracture it becomes hard. Dr. Comizio will remove the capsule of hard, fibrous scar tissue.
Now, from here the procedure can differ for some New Jersey patients. In some cases, the breast pocket can be allowed to heal without replacing the implants. In other cases, Dr. Comizio will replace the implants with new ones. Sometimes the location of the implants gets changed for example from being sub-glandular to sub-muscular.
But the fact remains: even after breast revision patients are still at risk of capsular contracture. In fact, it may be the case that patients who suffer capsular contracture are at an increased risk for it to happen again. There are strategies and techniques that Dr. Comizio discusses with patients to help them avoid this in the future.
How to Get Started with Dr. Comizio
As a woman, Dr. Comizio brings a much-needed perspective to all of her procedures, but especially for women undergoing a breast revision. New Jersey women absolutely love how kind, gentle, and efficient Dr. Comizio is throughout the entire process. That should come as no surprise since Dr. Comizio has been named one of the America’s top surgeons by the Consumers’ Research Council of America for 5 years in a row. On top of that, Dr. Comizio is a respected innovator in her field, having developed a unique patient care system that uses shared decision-making. This system gives our patients more control and confidence in their decisions.
If you’re hoping to work with one of the rising stars in the plastic surgery field, then make sure you call our offices today at (973) 775-9248.