Preventing Capsular Contracture With Massage

Capsular contracture, the development of hard scar tissue around breast implants, is one of the most common complications of breast augmentation. But daily massages and other techniques can help prevent capsular contracture.

Your body naturally tries to protect itself from foreign bodies—so it’s no surprise that it might consider a breast implant an intruder, and try its best to fight off the implant by developing a thick, hard layer of scar tissue around it. It’s a complication called capsular contracture, and in its most serious forms, it can cause hardening of the breast, asymmetry between the breasts, and even deformities like “double bubble,” when there’s a clear, easily distinguishable line between the implant and the rest of the breast.

Fortunately, there are techniques that many plastic surgeons recommend to help prevent the development of capsular contracture, including use of compression garments to flatten the implant, or daily massages of the breast. These techniques keep the pocket of tissue around the breast implant enlarged, soft and supple, and prevent scar tissue from forming around the implant. Here’s what you’ll need to do.


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