Gregory Diehl, M.D.

Specializing in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Skin Cancer

Board Certified in Plastic Surgery since 1992

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Capsular Contracture


Published on May 24, 2013 by

Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications that can arise after your breast augmentation. Luckily, capsular contracture is relatively easy to diagnose and can be resolved with a revision breast surgery in which you receive a new breast implant.

As with any implant placed in your body, when you undergo breast surgery to receive breast implants, your body forms a capsule to wall off the foreign substance. This is a perfectly natural formation and nothing to worry about.

However, in a small percentage of cases, the capsule will start to contract in on itself. With any type of breast implant, this causes a tightening around the implant that prevents your breast from hanging in a natural position.

With a physical examination, Dr. Diehl can diagnose whether you have capsular contracture around your breast implants. You will likely experience symptoms, such as hardening of the breast or discomfort from tightening of the capsule. If you notice a change in the look and feel of one or both implants, you should schedule a follow-up appointment to determine whether you have capsular contracture.

Treatment for capsular contracture usually requires removal of the implant and capsule. During a revision breast surgery, Dr. Diehl will insert a new breast implant.

If you are in the Stony Brook area and interested in having breast surgery, please contact Dr. Gregory J. Diehl to schedule your consultation today.

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