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How can I prevent breast hardening after breast implant surgery?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
The most common natural phenomenon causing patients to return to our office after breast surgery is scar tissue formation with hardening of the breasts, referred to as capsular contracture. The body forms its own protective barrier surrounding any type of surgical material or implant placed. The body creates a barrier of collagen, fibroblast and blood vessels to protect itself. These form a glistening white capsule around the implant bag.

As soon as the capsule forms around the implant, which occurs within weeks, trauma to the capsule can reinitiate the process of hardening and scar tissue formation. Sometimes, if found early, massage and vitamins may reduce or prevent progressive hardening; however, once it becomes painful and the breast implant becomes distorted by constriction of the hardened capsule around the bag, it usually will require a secondary surgery.
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