Just like any surgical procedure, breast augmentation comes with some risks. One of those risks is capsular contracture. Although this condition affects about one in six women who get breast implants, it is a very treatable condition. In some patients it can even be avoided. Here’s what you need to know about capsular contraction and how Strattice is used in its treatment.
What Is Capsular Contracture?
Whenever an implant is placed in the body, whether it is for medical or cosmetic reasons, the body naturally surrounds it with scar tissue. This capsule of scar tissue is the body’s way of isolating a foreign object that it feels should not be there. Most people get this capsule of scar tissue around their breast implants.
However, sometimes the capsular scar tissue causes additional complications. In some patients, the capsular of scar tissue contracts around the implant. This can cause issues with the look and feel of the implants. In extreme cases it can also cause significant breast pain.
What Is Strattice?
Strattice is a medical grade mesh that can be implanted around the breast implant to give it added support and prevent capsular contracture. If you get a breast augmentation and you develop capsular contracture, the surgeon can perform a revision surgery to remove some of the scar tissue and free the implant. After this procedure, the surgeon can place the Strattice mesh over the implant to prevent it from happening again.
Some women are simply more prone to developing scar tissue than others. For these women, it can be beneficial to use Strattice when first placing the implants as a preventative measure against capsular contracture. Your surgeon will be best able to discuss your medical history and determine if this is necessary for you.
If you are considering breast augmentation, or if you have had breast augmentation and are experiencing breast pain, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.