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Capsular contracture is a problem with breast augmentation that occurs when you get scarring around the implants, thought to be due to three main problems. The first of which is surgical technique. The type of the implant, and so there are some that have a higher rate of that happening. And then finally, low grade surgical infections called biofilm. In the old days of breast augmentation, this used to occur in up to 20% of cases, leaving women with sore and painful and deformed breasts. Thankfully with the newer techniques and the newer implants that we use, capsular contractures, the rate, particularly with one of these Motiva Implants, the rate is about 0.5%. So I can say from my own practice, I actually have never had a patient with capsular contracture. There are certain techniques that help with avoiding capsular contracture. One of them is to try and use incisions that are underneath the breast instead of cutting through the armpit, or around the nipple. And by using all of these techniques and excellent surgical technique, it means that the capsular contracture, thankfully is an issue consigned to the history books.
Choosing the right procedure and surgeon is important. I believe that helping my clients make informed decisions is key to a great result so if you have a question or would like to know more about something specific, please let me know – Regards, Alex.