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Tissue Capsule Around Breast Implants

Posted On: September 02, 2016 Author: The Office of Dr. Stuart Linder Posted In: Breast Revision, Breast topics


Any type of breast implant that is placed in the body reacts by forming a protective lining around the implant. This protective lining is referred to as the capsule. Often this capsule is also know as tissue capsule or scar capsule, although it is not exactly the same as scar tissue. The capsule if formed by your own living tissue and happens regardless of whether the implant is silicone, saline, smooth or textured.

In some women, the capsule has a tendency to shrink or squeeze the implant which is referred to as capsular contracture. The tighter the capsule becomes the firmer the breast feels and may become distorted in shape.

The pre-op photo shows that the patients left breast is having a distorted shape due to capsular contracture. As you can see the breast is shrinking and becoming firmer than the the right side. During the surgery I removed the tissue capsule around the 2 year old implant and was able to position the implant to match the right breast.

For more information regarding capsular contracture or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Linder call 310-275-4513 or contact us via email.