Revisionary breast surgery is necessary when surgical complications unexpectedly take place after breast augmentation. Capsular contracture is a complication with breast implants that requires corrective breast revision surgery to restore the breasts.
Identifying Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue around a breast implant contracts. This scar capsule, which naturally forms around every breast implant, could begin to harden or constrict at any point and without warning. Capsular contracture usually occurs in the first five years after breast augmentation and can occur in one or both breasts. This condition is easily identified by the look and feel of the breasts, and its degree of severity can be measured by the Baker scale:
- Grade I: No apparent breast distortion
- Grade II: Some noticeable hardening of the breast, but the breast appears as normal
- Grade III: Breast has become firm, hard, and abnormal in appearance and feel
- Grade IV: Breast has become quite hard, cold, and painful with noticeable distortion
Capsular contracture is more common in patients who are naturally poor healers, develop an infection, or have already experienced capsular contracture. While the national rate of capsular contracture is about 15 percent, Dr. Schlechter has perfected his surgical technique to the point that the rate of capsular contracture among his patients is less than one percent. Many patients who underwent breast augmentation with a different surgeon come to Dr. Schlechter to correct capsular contracture or other surgical complications.
The Solution Through Breast Revision
Patients who experience capsular contracture must undergo breast revision surgery. For your surgery, Dr. Schlechter will first perform a capsulectomy to remove the hardened scar tissue, after which he will replace the implant. Depending on your desires, Dr. Schlechter can exchange or permanently remove both implants. He will conclude your breast revision surgery by adjusting, shifting, or tightening the breast tissues as needed for the best surgical results. Due to his extremely low rate of capsular contracture, it is rare that Dr. Schlechter needs to perform breast revision for capsular contracture in his own patients. If you experience capsular contracture, Dr. Schlechter can correct the issue and improve the appearance and feel of your breasts.
With Dr. Schlechter performing your breast revision, you will have excellent results and a significantly reduced risk of recurrent capsular contracture.
If you experience capsular contracture or any other surgical complication after breast augmentation, Dr. Schlechter can perform breast revision surgery to correct the issue and restore your breasts. To learn more, request your complimentary consultation with Dr. Schlechter by calling (610) 678-9200 today. You may also fill out our online consultation form at your convenience.