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What Causes A Breast Implant To Hurt Years After Reconstruction
Depends : It depends on what type of pain but the most common reason is capsular contracture (shrinking of the tissues surrounding the implant). This is much more common in individuals who have had radiation therapy. Treatment varies with implant removal with or withou replacement, capsulotomy, capsulectomy, pocket transition, soft tissue implants, rotation, transfer, grafting or transplantation of tissues. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Scarring, Cancer: As dr. Whitfield & others described, scarring around the implant may cause this pain. However, local recurrence of the tumor is another possible cause. I advise you to see your cancer surgeon, as well. Local recurrence is often evident by exam alone. However, an ultrasound or MRI can help supplement the physical exam, as needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not time dependent: Breast implants don't have to be replaced based on time. We know that the deflation rate for saline implants is about 2-4%/year, so if you have 2 implants (most people do!) your yearly chance of deflation is 4-8%. Theoretically, that means that an average patient will have a deflation every 12-25 years, but very few people are average. Implants only need replacement for problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why does my breast implant feel hard? I've had my breast implants in for 3 years now and i've noticed that the right breast it feels hardened on one side. Did it rupture? Is this something to worry about?
When : When any implant is inserted the body reacts by forming a lining of tissue around it called the capsule. In some cases the capsule begins to shrink, squeezing the implant that it surrounds. Though the exact causes of capsular contracture are largely unknown, there are factors that can contribute to this complication, including: germ contamination during implantation seroma (the development of extra fluid around implant) hematoma (internal bleeding) infection smoking placement of implant above muscle (when placed bellow the muscle capsular contracture occurs with less frequency) depending upon the severity the breast can feel firm or hard, become distorted, and begin to cause pain. To cure or treat capsular contracture there are both surgical and non-surgical options. Non-surgical prescribed antibiotics and vitamin e. While this is not always effective as a cure, many surgeons will suggest that patients take a regular dose of vitamin e for the first year after augmentation as it helps to keep tissue soft. Closed capsulotomy. The breast is forcefully squeezed in the hopes that the capsule pops or tears. This is not often done because it could cause the implant to rupture and may void the manufacturer's warranty. External ultrasound. May help reduce swelling and inflammation and does not involve any major risks. Accolate. This anti-inflammatory used in the treatment of asthma has shown, in minor studies, to help regress capsular contracture. This is a relatively new and experimental treatment with no long-term statistical data. Surgical open capsulotomy. The capsule surrounding the implant is surgically cut open in order to release the implant. After this is done, however, there is a chance of contracture occurring again. Open capsulectomy. This is generally the most successful, as well as the most intensive, form of treatment. The entire capsule is removed, allowing new tissue to form around the implant. In some cases, surgeons will change the implant placement: for example if the implant is placed above the muscle the surgeon may place it underneath the muscle during capsulectomy in the hopes of better results. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've seen it last 40: No one can tell you exactly how long. About 50% have them exchanged for various reasons (not all rupture) by 10 years. However, if there is no problems and you are happy they can last much longer. I have seen patients have breast implants last 40 years without a problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
capsule.: All patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery will have the implant called off by the body in a tissue called a capsule. In some patients the body forms a hard capsule around the implant. The cause of this is currently debatable however it appears that a low-grade infection may be occurring in these patients which leads to hardening of the capsule. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could a tumor have grown in my breast implant after my mastectomy to cause my implant to pop? The implant suddenly appeared flat and causes pain.
Can I have breast implants again after having a breast implant removal? I need to have a breast implant removal because of a serious infection that was caused during surgery. Once I have completely healed, will i be able to start over and try to have impl
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