What Causes Capsular Contracture?

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One of the possible but atypical side effects of breast augmentation is capsular contracture, which occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant and makes the breast look and feel harder.

Although its cause hasn’t been pinpointed, some assumed it was the body’s reaction to a foreign object. However, recent research shows it could actually be brought about by a biofilm of bacteria.

Since bacteria are present everywhere, including on the skin and in breast ducts, it is possible for a few bacteria to be present in the wound or on the implant when it is placed, potentially leading to a low-grade chronic inflammation that spurs capsular contracture.

To reduce your chances of this condition, it’s crucial to find a properly credentialed plastic surgeon to perform your surgery, and to follow all of his or her post-op instructions.

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