Capsular contracture is a complication that can occur after breast augmentation surgery. This occurs when the scar tissue around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant, causing it to become hard and distorted. In some cases, capsular contracture can be so severe that the implant needs to be removed. Some women may wonder if massage can help prevent or reduce capsular contracture after breast augmentation surgery. In this blog post, we will explore the research on this topic and answer that question!
What is capsular contracture after breast augmentation surgery and what are the symptoms?
Capsular contracture is a condition that can occur after breast augmentation surgery. It happens when the tissue around the implant (the capsule) starts to tighten and harden. This can cause the breast to feel firm or lumpy, and it may look different than it did before surgery. Symptoms of capsular contracture can range from mild to severe, and they may occur gradually or suddenly. If you have any concerns about your breasts after surgery, be sure to talk to your doctor.
There are a few things that may increase your risk of developing capsular contracture, including:
• Having textured implants
• Having a history of scarring or inflammation around the breast area
• Smoking cigarettes
How can massage help to prevent or treat capsular contracture after breast augmentation surgery?
Capsular contracture is a common complication after breast augmentation surgery. It occurs when the scar tissue around the implant tightens, causing the implant to become hard and painful. Massage has been shown to be an effective treatment for capsular contracture. A study published in The Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery found that massage reduced capsular contracture by 50%.
What are the risks associated with massage therapy for capsular contracture after breast augmentation surgery?
There are several risks associated with massage therapy for capsular contracture after breast augmentation surgery. The most common risk is infection. Massage can also cause bleeding, bruising, and swelling. It is important to talk to your surgeon before you begin any massage therapy program.
Another risk associated with massage therapy is that it can rupture the implant. This is a serious complication that can lead to infection, pain, and the need for additional surgery. Massage should only be performed on intact implants.