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Are you afraid of breast surgery side effects?

No need to be concerned if there is an accurate analysis and reliable prevention!

[Capsular Contracture] Breasts are hardening!

What is capsular contracture?

When foreign substance comes into our body, the human body enhances the immune system to generate fibrosis cells and produce the collagen fibers. These collagen fibers surround the implant and create a coating called capsule. It is a natural symptom but due to wrong foreign body reaction, infection, bleeding and other causes may thicken the coating and it becomes hard, which is called capsular contracture. When capsular contracture occurs, the breast tissues become harder and distorts the shape which also changes the position of the implant. Capsular contracture occurs most often after the breast augmentation surgery so many people are concerned about this side effect.

The cause of capsular contracture

Capsular contracture may occur due to various causes such as bleeding, hematomas, necrosis tissue, foreign body reaction of silicone, infections caused by bacteria, immune deficiency, and when post-operative massage is not properly managed.

When does capsular contracture occur?

Capsular contracture usually occurs within 4-8 months after surgery, about 60% within 6 months, and about 30% within 6-12 months after surgery. It rarely occurs 3-4 years after surgery so it is very important to manage properly right after surgery.

Wonjin’s Capsular Contracture Prevention Program

After breast surgery, a coating forms around the implant. When the coating becomes thicker, then the breast gets harder, distorts the shape, and causes pain, which are the symptoms of capsular contracture. In order to prevent the capsule formation, less sensation and maintaining the space inside the breast by specialist’s massage care is required. Usually, textured type implant does not require massage due to textured surface of the implant and combines well with breast tissue after surgery. However, some thin coating can be formed around the implant so we perform medicine treatment to prevent capsule formation and manage with high frequency device.

For smooth type implant, it is recommended to have massage for at least 6 months for natural feeling and shape. Massage is a very important post-operative requirement after surgery so it is strongly recommended to get the specialized care system. At Wonjin, our well experienced breast care specialist helps and trains our customers to do the self-massage at home.

[Upper Convex] There is an upper convex on breast!

What is upper convex?

It is an side effect of convex nipple, convex implant with capsular contracture due to wrong placement or improper post-operative care after surgery.

Why does upper convex occur?

Usually, it occurs when the line under the breast’s delamination is not enough or oversized implants are inserted with not enough tissue to cover the implant. Also, the implant may have moved up due to improper post-operative care after surgery.

Wonjin’s Upper Convex Prevention Program

At Wonjin, we try to prevent the upper convex by avoiding excessive surgery and rather focus on the individual’s body type and choosing the right size implant and inserting in the correct position to increase the accuracy of the surgery. Our well experienced medical specialists will assist from the beginning to the end to minimize the side effects through complete examinations, precise surgery, and systematic post-operative care.

Prevention of Side Effects

After surgery, the method of massage and post-operative care period is all different but the most important fact for all patients is to follow the capsular contracture and upper convex prevention training from the clinic for at least 6 months. Of course, it is inconvenient to wear the compressive bra and to do the self-massage but it is required procedure for natural and beautiful breasts.