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what does hardening of breast implants mean?

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Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Usually: Capsular contracture or scar tissue squeezing the implant.
Dr. Russell Sparenberg
Plastic Surgery 49 years experience
Scar tissue: Hardening of breast implants is a condition called capsular contracture.The body forms scar tissue around the implants, it tightens and makes the implant feel hard and sometimes painful. Your surgeon can discuss possible options to correct this.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Encapsulation: This usually occurs when the scar tissue around the breast implants (capsule) thickens and/or calcifies. This abnormal thickening can cause the breasts to feel firm and may be associated with pain and/or breast implant distortion or displacement.
Dr. Husam Elias
Plastic Surgery 14 years experience
Capsular contracture: Capsule is the scar the develops after placement of breast implant as a body response, the scar can thicken and harden resulting in tightening , hardening and breast deformity. It can be prevented by early breast massage known as breast exercises after placement. Homeopathic milk thistle can be used and has been shown to soften the scar. Other medications under direction of md can be used as well.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Many possible causes: It may be caused by a variety of different reasons that will vary by timing after surgery. Soon after surgery could mean a hematoma or seroma or muscle spasm. Delayed causes likely relate to capsular contracture or possible inflammation.

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What are the risk in getting breast implants?

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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Generally safe: Breast augmentation is generally a safe procedure. Like any other surgery there are risks of complications including bleeding, infection, breast symmetry, capsullar contracture, and implant rupture.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How often do replace breast implants?

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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
As Needed: Breast implant failure is generally the most significant reason for their replacement. Saline implant failure results in a breast with a sudden loss in volume and decrease in size. Silicone gel implant failure may have pain or no symptoms at all, and can be diagnosed with an mri. Otherwise, significant scarring around the implant causing breast deformity may require implant exchange.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is something you feel someone should know before getting breast implants?

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Needs massage: It is very serious. After implants are placed massaging them every day is a way of preventing scar tissue formation, there is a special technique for massage that your plastic surgeon will explain to you.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is it true that breast implants feel like rocks after 30 years?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
No: The cause of implants becoming very firm has to do with tightening of the capsule that forms around them. This contracture can be painful, and cause very hard, painful, & unnatural breasts. Not all patients have this happen, and some have it early after implant placement. It is common to replace the implants every 7-10 years due to implant failures.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Should my friend be concerned about skydiving with breast implants?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Go for it: If proper techniques and equipment are used, this shoud not be a problem.

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