Most breast augmentations are straightforward procedures with beautiful results, but on occasion, a bothersome process known as capsular contracture develops. This occurs when the body tries to wall off an implant as a foreign object (like a splinter) with an abnormal amount of scar tissue. The scarring can be firm, and even painful when severe.
The Causes Of Capsular Contracture Are Debated, But There Is Consensus Regarding Preventative Techniques & Proper Treatment
Experts are not convinced about what causes capsular contractures: some think it is bacteria or “biofilm,” while others believe it is trauma from surgery. Regardless, the reported incidence is anywhere from two to thirty percent depending upon the surgeon.
Dr. Donaldson takes many precautions to prevent capsular contractures in his own practice. First, he uses meticulous sterile techniques and antibiotics to avoid bacteria and infection. He insists on “no touch” handling of implants so they go directly into position without delay. He operates with a soft touch — “gentle with tissue” – to minimize trauma. These simple principles have helped Dr. Donaldson achieve an extremely low rate of capsular contracture.
About The Author
A number of Columbus, Ohio patients visit Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson for second opinions regarding capsular contracture treatment. For these individuals, he performs an operation including capsulotomy (scoring and release of capsules) or capsulectomy (removal of capsules), with the removal of the old breast implants and placement of new breast implants. He has performed thousands of successful breast augmentation surgeries throughout his 20+ year tenure and looks to further educate individuals across the country.
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