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Whenever surgery is performed, it is normal for scar tissue to form as part of the healing process. When breast augmentation surgery with breast implants is completed, a scar tissue capsule forms around the implants. While this is normal, in some cases, the scar tissue can become thick and restricting, a condition called capsular contracture. Our medical team at Maia Plastic Surgery offers capsular contracture after breast implant treatment at our clinic in Tysons Corner, VA.

The formation of scar tissue in a “capsule” around breast implants is a normal occurrence. Any foreign object that is implanted into the body is surrounded by scar tissue to protect the body. However, everybody is slightly different in how they heal. In some women, the scar tissue in the capsule becomes thicker and hardened, restricting the implant. This is called capsular contracture and can occur at various levels. When it is severe, it can cause aesthetic issues with the breast, and some patients may experience breast pain. Treatments are available to soften scar tissue. In severe cases, the breast implants may need to be removed or repositioned.

Symptoms of Capsular Contracture

A low grade form of capsular contracture can occur without any symptoms or signs of problems. At higher grades of capsular contracture, there are symptoms that can alert the patient to a possible issue. Symptoms can include:

  • Breasts are firmer
  • Breasts may appear rounder and harder
  • The nipples can become misshapen
  • In severe grades, the breasts can be painful and sensitive

When the breasts become painful, hard or misshapen, treatment may be needed. There are both non-invasive treatments and surgical options available, depending on the severity of the condition.

Dr. Maia is a top cosmetic breast plastic surgeon who uses the most advanced techniques to avoid complications, like capsular contracture. However, capsular contracture cannot always be avoided. If you are experiencing symptoms of capsular contracture after breast augmentation surgery, contact us at Maia Plastic Surgery in the Washington, DC, metro area to schedule a consultation to discuss treatment.

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Selecting a surgeon: After having two children and weight fluctuations over the years I was left with complete loss of volume in my breasts. I had four consultations with other surgeons but after comparing their photos to Dr Maia’s and meeting her in person, I knew she was my doctor. We talked about my lifestyle - being a mom and a professional, I didn’t want to be too big, but I’m curvy so I didn’t want to go too small for my frame either. She let me try on sizes and once I selected she agreed it was a good fit for my frame. Post op recovery: I was a smoker and had quit prior to surgery but she was very honest and adamant in telling me how important it was that I did not smoke. (I honestly needed the lecture and the transparency about what could happen if I did start smoking before surgery and post-op.) Because I was formerly a pretty heavy smoker, it did cause some issues after surgery with wound closing and she was SO diligent and on top of it seeing me once and week and squeezing me in for appointments between surgeries and patients. She prescribed different things to address the would closure issues before they really became a problem. Being able to have text message access to the office was great when I had questions and she even accommodated my schedule when I couldn’t be seen in person to send progress photos so that she could check on me. 3 months post op: I’m so happy with the results of my surgery and am so glad I waited to find the right doctor. She’s an artist! They look natural, fit my body shape and they haven’t even fully “dropped and fluffed” yet. Would highly recommend… comparing her patient photos to other surgeons will end your search. I feel so much better in my body thanks to Dr Maia.

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