Capsular contracture


What is the Capsular contracture?

Capsular contracture is the exaggerated capsule thickening surrounding a breast prosthesis. It occurs when in a surgical intervention, in this case breast surgery, something external is introduced and this is rejected when considering it as something alien and dangerous. In the case of chest operations, the rejected material is usually the implant that will contain some material that is for whatever reason our body rejects it, giving rise to capsular contracture.

Therefore, the necessary preliminary tests must be done to see our compatibility and not have to reach this situation.

What types of degrees are there?

Capsular contracture has different degrees, depending on how serious it is, we can highlight 4 levels:

  • Grade I: the breast appears natural to the naked eye and appears soft.
  • Grade II: the chest appears completely normal, although it is a little firm.
  • Grade III: the breast is firm, but appears deformed.
  • Grade IV: The breast is firm, but it is also completely deformed and, when palpated and touched, a great pain is felt.

How is capsular contracture solved?

To solve and end this problem, you must go to a Plastic Surgeon.

The intervention is generally simple: the internal scar that surrounds the implants (capsule) must be removed and the implants previously placed are exchanged for similar ones or those that the patient wishes, always checking your compatibility beforehand so that they are not rejected again .

In this way, the breasts are returned to their size and a more natural position, making the patient feel comfortable again.


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