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Capsular Contracture is a common complication of breast augmentation, characterized by the hardening of the tissue around the implant. This can lead to discomfort, distortion of the breast shape, and in severe cases, pain. Understanding the treatment options for capsular contracture is essential for anyone considering or recovering from breast augmentation surgery.

One of the first steps in treating capsular contracture is to understand its possible causes. Factors such as bacterial contamination, hematoma, implant rupture, and others can contribute to the development of capsular contracture. Identifying and addressing these factors early can help prevent the condition from worsening.

Treatment options for capsular contracture vary depending on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, non-surgical approaches such as massage and medications may be effective. Massage techniques involve gently squeezing the breast to move the implant within the capsule pocket, helping to loosen the capsular tissue. Vitamin E supplements and topical applications can also be beneficial in softening the tissue.

Accolate, a drug typically used to treat asthma, has shown promise in treating early stages of capsular contracture. While studies on its effectiveness are limited, it is considered a safe option by many plastic surgeons. It’s important to consult with your surgeon before starting any new medication.

In more advanced cases, surgical intervention may be necessary. Closed capsulotomy, a technique that involves manually squeezing the breast to rupture the capsule, is no longer commonly performed due to its potential risks and limited effectiveness. Instead, open capsulotomy or capsulectomy may be recommended. Open capsulotomy involves scoring the inside of the capsule to release tension, while capsulectomy involves removing the entire capsule around the implant.

After surgical intervention, it’s important to continue with conservative measures such as vitamin E and massage to prevent recurrence. Regular monitoring and post-operative care are essential to ensuring the best possible outcome.

If you have questions about capsular contracture or are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon. Dr. Petersen and his team at NuVista Plastic Surgery are experienced in treating capsular contracture and can provide personalized recommendations based on your individual needs.