How can I tell if my implants have encapsulated?

Tags:breasts capsular contracture 1 year post-op

It's been half a year since I had saline implants in my breasts. Since the surgery, my breasts haven't felt right but I was told to expect that. "It can take time for them to set and to get used to them"-- and so on. But something feels wrong in one breast. There is a hardness to it inside that feels unnatural and it's really troubling me. I'd heard about encapsulated breast implants and never could tell if I knew what that meant but I fear that might be happening with me. What should I do first?


F, 27, New Jersey

Thank you for sharing your question.  It sounds like you may be experiencing a Capsular Contracture.  When this happens the breast feels tight, painful, and you will most likely see a shape change in the future.  There is not much you can do to correct it.  You can try massaging the breast.  Most women who have a diagnosed Capsular Contracture need a revision surgery to correct it.  You will need to visit your Plastic Surgeon to know for sure.  I hope this was helpful to you.  

Best Wishes, 

Dr. B.

Early capsules can be he'd to tell but in the latter phases shape of the implanted breast can change and the breast may even experience some discomfort.