I had a breast augmentation 9 years
ago. I have silicone gel implants. One of my breasts is
literally as hard as a rock and looks misshaped. I have not been
back to a plastic surgeon because I had the surgery in another
state. What is going on can it be fixed?
What you describe is a classic
condition of a capsular contracture of the breast implant. This
is a situation where the body reacts to the implant, which is a
foreign body, by forming a thick, tight internal scar around the
implant. This condition occurs more commonly in silicone gel
implants (up to 15% risk) compared to saline implants (3%-5%).
The theory on why this occurs is that the implant becomes
contaminated with bacteria at the....