Plastic Surgery One is pleased to announce “The New Aspen After-Surgery Non-Surgical Treatment Program for Capsular Contracture”. External Ultrasound using The Aspen System ™ combined with the Aspen Rehabilitation Technique is a safe and effective treatment in reducing the hardness and misshapen appearance of breast implants affected by Capsular Contracture. The Aspen Therapy program essentially allows for a softening, loosening, and increase blood circulation to the implant Capsule which may be beginning to harden and constrict. The softening and reducing scar tissue is manipulated and improves the overall treatment program.
What Is Capsular Contracture
Capsular Contracture (also known as Capsular Contraction) is a condition that can affect those undergoing breast augmentation surgery, either electively or as a part of reconstructive surgery.
Whenever a foreign object is placed inside our bodies, such as a hip or knee implant or even a breast implant, our body naturally creates what is known as a “capsule” around that foreign object. This capsule is normally a thin opaque membrane that is flexible and rubbery in nature. It is very similar to the membrane you might see when you open a hard-boiled egg. In most people, the capsule acts as a protective layer around the implant, never causing any issue. The problem occurs when the protective capsule thickens, tightens and adheres to the surrounding tissue, creating hardness, poor mobility, distortion and sometimes, discomfort and pain.
Causes of Capsular Contracture
There are many theories on what might cause capsular contracture. Some believe it is centered around an infection or a bacterial contamination called Biofilm. Capsular Contracture can be exacerbated or triggered by infection, seroma, hematoma, trauma or nothing at all. The following are generally well accepted as possible causes:
- Bacterial Infection
- Hematoma (Excessive blood that collects in an area)
- Seroma (Non-blood type watery liquid that collects in an area)
- Radiation treatment for breast cancer
Symptoms of Capsular Contracture
- Change in breast position
- Firmness or hardening of breast
- Pain in breast
- Breast shape distortion
- Tightness to chest/muscles when raising arm
- Capsular Contracture firmness is graded using the Baker Grading System:
- Grade I: Breast looks and feels normal
- Grade II: Breast feels a little firm but looks normal
- Grade III: Breast is more firm and is visually distorted (shape change or mal-positioned)
- Grade IV: Breast is hard and greatly distorted in shape and position
- IMPLANT NOT DROPPING OR IN HIGH POSITION
- DISTORTED SHAPE OR APPEARANCE
How Aspen Therapy Can Help
Data shows that 1 out of 6 breast implants have a slight to extensive hardening of the capsule that forms around the implant. The Aspen Multi-Energy System™ safely delivers precisely controlled sounds waves from the Aspen Harmonizer ™ to increase elasticity in the breast capsule to make it more pliable when combined with the Patented Aspen Rehabilitation Technique. This unique combination of therapy creates an environment of elasticity that provides an immediate result in the very first treatment and over several treatments improves the softness and position of the breast implant to drop into the correct position.
Capsular Contracture FAQs
My breast is starting to feel firmer and to pull up since the surgery. What could cause this?
If you noticed a change in the softness of the breast, change in the shape or position of the breast (usually upwards), more pain or pain that does not resolve after surgery, then you may have the signs of Capsular Contracture. Be careful not to wait or hope that it resolves on its own. True Capsular Contracture does not normally “go away” and must be treated immediately for best results. Remember that taking medications, massaging, or waiting only allows the capsule to possibly become hardened and make the non-surgical treatment ineffective.
My physical therapist has an ultrasound machine. If I ask for this therapy will they know what to do?
No. Therapist’s (Physical or Massage Therapists, Chiropractors) have no training in this area professionally or continuing education wise. They likely assume your doctor knows what he has ordered and experiment with you. Only select therapist and physicians have trained with the Aspen Center clinical therapists who researched and developed this treatment protocol through years of international study and research. Don’t put yourself at risk or at best get no results!
I live out of town. Can I still participate in the program and see benefits?
Yes. Qualified patients can participate in a “Fast-Track” program which will allow them to receive a week of treatment and then return home.