After receiving breast implants, the treated area will heal, resulting in the inevitable development of scar tissue. Unfortunately, this tissue can sometimes harden more than it should, leading to a condition known as capsular contracture.
Capsular contracture can impact the look of a previous breast augmentation, so you should learn how it works and understand their options for correcting it. To learn more about capsular contracture Treatment in Northern Virginia and Alexandria, reach out to Dr. Desman and his experienced staff.
Capsular Contracture Explained
When breast implants are inserted into the body, it is natural for a capsule or scar tissue to form around the breast implant. This development is typically paper thin, translucent, and soft. However, sometimes this capsule can thicken over time, leading to pain and breast distortion. When the hardening reaches a certain level, it can be considered capsular contracture.
What Causes This Condition?
While there are many theories regarding the cause of capsular contracture, some of the most compelling evidence demonstrates that bacterial contamination can cause this condition. It is known that when plastic surgeons take multiple steps to decrease the potential contact of bacteria during an augmentation, there are lower rates of capsular contracture development. Dr. Desman follows a 14 point plan to decrease your risk of capsular contracture.
The Four Classes of Capsular Contracture
Northern Virginia or Alexandria patients might experience four different categories of capsular contracture after a breast procedure. Class one is a “normal” capsule, which is hard to see and feel around the breast tissue. With grade or class two, patients might notice minimal breast distortion after the growing scar tissue displaces a breast implant.
Grade three contracture involves the breast feeling a little bit firm. Patients might start to see more noticeable distortion. Finally, with grade four capsular contracture, the tissues surrounding the breast implant appear significantly distorted, and patients might experience substantial pain.
When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Desman can classify your degree of capsular contracture and help you understand your treatment options.
Treating the Development of Capsular Contracture
When treating capsular contracture, patients have a few options depending on the grade of their hardened tissue. If Dr. Desman detects contracture early on, he might recommend medicine to potentially stop and reverse the effects of the condition. Additionally, at this early stage, massaging the implant could limit the condition’s development and progression. However, if the capsule continues to harden, Alexandria and Northern Virginia women might need revision surgery to fix issues.
When to Consider Revision Treatment
It is crucial to understand that, in many ways, deciding to pursue breast revision surgery is a personal choice. In some cases, patients might not mind the extent of their capsular contracture. For example, women with grade one or two capsules might notice that their breasts feel firmer and slightly elevated. If the tissue stays like this, a patient might enjoy their new look and decide not to pursue a revision.
The decision to pursue revision surgery for capsular contracture depends on whether the condition is painful or affecting one’s lifestyle. If you feel that a breast revision would be the best choice for your contracture, Dr. Desman can help you prepare for an operation.
Contact Our Office about Capsular Contracture Treatment in Northern Virginia
While all women develop scar tissue surrounding the location of their breast implant, abnormal development of this tissue can lead to discomfort, pain, and visual distortion. Known as capsular contracture, this condition can be treated early or corrected later through surgical intervention.
To eliminate scar tissue capsules effectively, you should discuss your options with Dr. Desman. He can explain everything you need to know about capsular contracture treatment in Northern Virginia and Alexandria and answer any questions you have. Reach out today to schedule a consultation.