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Capsular Contracture

Capsular Contracture

Capsular Contracture describes abnormal thickening of the normal scar tissue (capsule) that the body forms around all breast implants.

The capsule is not normally noticeable, and will present itself as soft to slightly firm and is important as it keeps the implant in position.

capsular contracture symptoms

In a number of patients (10-15%) however, capsular contracture will occur, and this causes the hardening of the breast. This can be painful and cause the shape of the breast to distort, often raising it higher on the chest.

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what causes capsular contracture

There are a number of theories on what causes capsular contractures and it’s likely that the exact cause varies from patient to patient. In addition to implant rupture, biofilm (a thin layer of bacteria that develops around the implants) often leads to the development of this condition. The biofilm is believed to cause a kind of chronic, low-grade infection that may not produce noticeable symptoms. However, as the body combats this infection, it produces more and more scar tissue, leading to capsular contracture.

Other complications of breast augmentation, such as haematomas and seromas can increase the risk of capsular contracture. Sometimes capsular contracture is caused by the patient’s own body reacting poorly to breast implants, and it is possible that genetics play a role. We do know however, that the risk is much higher after radiotherapy.

The treatment of capsular contracture consists of removing the capsule (capsulectomy). Your breast implants may need to be replaced with new ones at the same time. If you are concerned that your breasts have become harder, more painful and changed shape, please book an appointment with Miss Breahna to discuss your symptoms .

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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