How to avoid capsular contracture and implant displacement

How to avoid capsular contracture and implant displacement

12th Mar 2018

Buttock implant surgery is a plastic surgery used to make the butt bigger, fuller, and shapelier. If your buttocks are smaller or flatter and the condition is affecting your self-esteem or quality of life, you may consider the buttock implant procedure. The surgery involves the use of prosthetic objects called implants to deliver the desired results. The implants are made of semi-solid, rubber-like silicone material.

Buttock implant surgery is not free from risks and complications. Like all other invasive procedures, there are complications associated with the operation. Two of the rare but significant complications that are linked to butt implants is capsular contracture and implant displacement.

Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue that usually forms around the implants starts to contract and squeeze. It can create physical pain and discomfort for the patient, besides affecting the shape of the buttocks. On the other hand, implant displacement happens when the implant moves out of its pocket or changes position.

The good news is that both of these complications can be prevented. Here are some tips:

– Get suitably sized implants: The risk of capsular contracture and implant displacement is higher for patients who get huge implants. To prevent the implant from being dislocated and to prevent capsular contracture, you should get implants that are suitable for your buttock dimensions and overall body outline and figure. Huge implants will not be accommodated in your butt dimensions, thus causing capsular contracture and displacement of the implant.

– Choose your implant placement carefully: The second primary cause of butt implant displacement and capsular contracture is the placement of the implant over the gluteal muscle. There are three options for butt implant placement within the gluteal area: under, within, and over the gluteal muscle. Studies indicate that patients who get butt implants placed over the gluteal muscle are more at risk of capsular contracture and implant displacement. You should discuss the implant placement options with your surgeon and prefer to have them placed under or within the gluteal muscle, instead of over the muscle.

– Wear compression garments: One of the best ways to avoid capsular contracture and implant displacement during the recovery period is by wearing compression garments. The compression garments are designed to keep your newly contoured butt intact and prevent complications like excessive swelling, poor healing, capsular contracture, and implant displacement. Be sure to wear the compression garments for the period recommended by your plastic surgeon.

– Be extremely careful during the recovery period: When you are careless during the recovery period and engage in physical activities, you run the risk of capsular contracture and implant displacement. Active physical movements during the first two weeks after the surgery and strenuous activities during the first six weeks after the procedure can displace the implants and even trigger complications like seroma and hematoma that can lead to capsular contracture. You can avoid complications by being careful during the recovery period. Also, be sure to avoid sleeping on your back and sitting for the first 2-3 weeks following the operation.

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