How to Prevent Capsular Contracture – Techniques Used

Dr. Sacha Obaid, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and Nearby Fort Worth, Texas

In preventing breast implant capsular contracture, many techniques are used. Textured silicone implants are preferred, as they have been shown to have the lowest incidence of capsular contracture. Before surgery, you will wash your skin with prescription-strength soap to prevent low-grade infection, one of the causes of capsular contracture. On the day of the procedure, you’ll receive an intravenous antibiotic. During surgery, your nipples are covered with an occlusive dressing to guard against the bacteria in the nipple, the implant pockets are washed with three separate and unique antibiotics, and two important techniques are used. One is the no-touch technique: No hands, not even gloved, touch the implant; it is passed through a funnel into the pocket. The second technique is a bloodless surgery, wherein extreme measures are taken to wash out any blood that appears around the implant. After surgery, you will take antibiotics for five days and receive anti-inflammatories during follow-up visits if your body indicates a tendency to react to the implants.