What Are The Symptoms of a Capsular Contracture and How Early Can Symptoms Show up?

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I received a breast augmentation and a lift 7 days ago. My left breast appears a bit higher on my chest than me left breast, which appears to be in the correct position. My plastic surgeon told me this is normal for someone that's only 7 days out from surgery but I'm a little bit concerns. I'm concerned because not only does my left breast sit higher but it looks a little bit deflated. Could this be due to a capsular contracture? 

JellyBean2

F, 42, New Jersey

Capsular contracture is a complex process whose etiology is still being studied. The prevailing thoughts on capsular contracture are that fibroblasts contract in the scar tissue and make the capsule around the implant less pliable and stiff. 

Treatment is often done by an open incision to release or remove the capsule. Early post operative tightness may be muscle spasm or even breast accommodation to the new breast volume. Check with your breast surgeon about post operative massage to improve pocket positioning of the implant.

This patient developed a capsular contracture 15 years after her implants were placed. She had a capsulectomy and silicone implants placed. 

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A capsular contracture can technically happen at any time following your breast augmentation surgery. However, most women do not experience symptoms until at least 2.5-3 months following their surgery. This is due to the amount of time it takes for a capsule to form and then squeeze (contracture - caused by scarring) the implant. At only 7 days post-op, I would guess your symptoms are not being caused by capsular contracture. If at the 3 month mark your breasts appear hard, are as round as a ball, have risen up your chest and are painful, then I would be more likely to say your symptoms are from a capsular contracture.