Causes Of Capsular Contracture & How To Avoid It
Capsular contracture is a complication seen in surgical patients who had an implant placed. This includes breast implants as well as other body implants like knee and hip replacements. When capsular contracture occurs, excessive scar tissue forms around the implant. Scar tissue formation is actually a normal part of the healing process. However, capsular contracture becomes an issue when it causes symptoms or hinders results.
Since the formation of scar tissue around the implant is normal, it is not always evident what causes capsular contracture. Some individuals may be at a higher risk of developing capsular contracture. Some risk factors include:
- Tendency to develop keloid scars
- Developing an infection after surgery
- Previous radiation treatment of the breasts
- Genetic predisposition to scarring
Capsular contracture is also more common in those who have their implants placed above the muscle versus below the muscle. Textured implants were also said to have a higher risk of capsular contracture, but most of these implants are no longer in use.
The best way to avoid capsular contracture is to understand your risk. During a consultation with Dr. Sajan, he will evaluate your risk for capsular contracture based on your medical history. Additionally, choosing to place your implants under the muscle can decrease the likelihood of the complication.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sajan, call us at 206-209-0988 or contact us online.