A breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the United States. In a recent study, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that more than 286,000 women received breast augmentations in 2012. When this procedure works well, it is a wonderful operation.
However, when breast revisions are needed, it can be a disappointment and an additional expense. Before surgery, your plastic surgeon should thoroughly educate you on these risks, the most common of which is “capsular contracture” or hardening of the implant. The national average for capsular contracture ranges between 15-25%. In my Newport Beach practice, we have less than a 1% rate of capsular contracture in our primary breast augmentation patients. Fifty percent of the breast surgeries that I perform entail revisional work to correct procedures done elsewhere (other surgeon’s offices), and this group also has low secondary revision rates.
Here are two before and after images of breast augmentation revision patients who presented with capsular contracture:
When a patient presents with capsular contracture, the scar tissue that normally forms around the implant during the healing process contracts and tightens around the breast implant. It is a condition that can be very uncomfortable and painful, and it tends to significantly distort the aesthetic contours of the breast. The chance of this occurring can be minimized with optimal surgery and postoperative care, and if capsular contracture occurs, it can also be fixed with the same methods.
In order to greatly reduce your risk of capsular contracture occurring, follow these 5 simple breast augmentation tips to optimize your surgical outcome:
Keep in mind that you should always be sure to consult your physician regarding postoperative care. For more information on the breast augmentation procedure and what to expect after surgery, please visit our website. To schedule an in-office or remote consultation, feel free to contact our office at 949-430-7114 or fill out our online consultation form.
Watch one of our breast augmentation patients demonstrate our three recommended breast implant massage exercises in less than 50 seconds. After your procedure, perform these exercises as outlined for optimal surgical recovery and results.
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