Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue that forms surrounding the breast implant hardens and constricts, causing a hard texture, sometimes in combination with soreness or an unusual appearance. Although capsular contracture can be addressed by breast surgery revision, many of the latest developments in breast implant technology and techniques focus on reducing the chance of capsular contracture developing in the first place.
Recently, researchers in the UK found that a new type of implant may reduce the chances of capsular contracture. The new implant has a biomimetic surface, which means the surface mimics the body’s own biological surfaces, such as the basal layer of the skin. This may provide a friendlier environment for cells to interact with, reducing the need for the body to form excessive amounts of scar tissue.
More Ways to Minimize Capsular Contracture
This isn’t the first change in implant manufacturing that’s been designed to lower the risks of capsular contracture occurrence. Implants with textured surfaces may also reduce risk of CC by providing tissue and cells an environment in which to grow. Contrastingly, smooth surfaces don’t provide cells with terrain to interact with, creating the need for scar tissue to cordon the implant off.
Risk of capsular contracture may also be minimized by employing a no-touch technique during augmentation surgery, limiting the chance for contamination. Plastic surgeons can use the Keller funnel to safely insert the implant without contacting the skin or breast tissue.
Through a combination of innovative implant technology and cutting-edge surgical techniques, the chances of capsular contracture developing are increasingly being kept to a minimum.
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