As mentioned before, some complications are unavoidable because they are part of the healing process. Some patients who undergo breast augmentation are unaware of the possibility of getting complications. If you are one of those women who is planning to go through breast augmentation, keep in mind that capsule contracture might occur. This condition is the result of encapsulation in the breast. It is the most common complication that takes place after the breast enlargement procedure is done.
It has been studied that there are different variables that cause the incidence of capsular contracture. There are two different kinds of implants namely the silicone and saline implants. If you choose the silicone implant, know that it is the type of implant that leads to a higher chance of capsular contracture. The good news is that it is changing due to newer implants that have a better shell and less potential for silicone tissue reaction. It is well accepted that the incidence of capsule contracture for textured implants is much less when they are placed over the muscle, but it only happens when it is placed under the muscle both types have similar incidences of capsule contracture.
Aside from the kind of implant, the place where the implant will be placed also affects the incidence of capsular contracture. If you want to lessen the chance of developing a capsular contracture, then you can ask your surgeon if he can place the implant under the muscle. Assuming any given surgeon is using a specific set of implants, the incidence of capsular contracture can vary around 10% at 10 years. All these different shortcomings have resulted in averages of capsular contracture that can go as high as 80%, in most surgeons’ practices, the ballpark number is that 10% of patients will experience symptomatic capsular contracture that requires surgical intervention.