No woman chooses to get breast implants expecting to have complications develop afterward. But it can happen. Capsular contracture is the most common post-implant complication, occurring in as many as 19% of women. If you’re one of them, you know how distressing this problem can be. You wanted to enhance your breasts, but now capsular contracture is distorting their look and feel.
Aspen ultrasound therapy can help prevent and even reverse this upsetting post-surgery complication. It is non-invasive, painless and requires no downtime.
Your Body Is Trying to Defend Itself
Following surgery, your body detects foreign bodies (the implants) and rushes to protect itself by forming a thin layer of scar tissue around them. Unfortunately, in some women the body produces too much scar tissue, which can then harden and contract. When that happens, the implant can shift out of position, the breasts can feel overly firm, and visible surface wrinkling can appear. In advanced stages, capsular contracture can be painful.
The implant capsule can begin to contract shortly after surgery or it might take a while, though in most women symptoms start to appear within the first two years. Symptoms become progressively worse over time, and once they are severe the only way to correct the problem is to remove the implants or to undergo a surgical procedure in which the scar tissue is cut in multiple places, allowing the capsule to return to its normal shape.
Aspen treatment early on can help restore the breasts without resorting to more surgery and implant replacement.
What Happens During Aspen Treatment?
After a consultation with Dr. Hernandez to be sure you are a good candidate for Aspen therapy, our licensed medical aesthetician will perform the treatment. The ultrasound device rests on your skin. It delivers high-frequency sound waves deep below the surface where mini-vibrations caused by the sound waves work to break up the fibroblasts that have produced the excess scar tissue. This allows the capsule to relax, so you can once again enjoy the smooth, fuller, natural-feeling breasts you originally envisioned.
Aspen therapeutic ultrasound is safe and effective for all women. Because it works gradually, Dr. Hernandez schedules treatment in a series of 10 weekly visits. For capsular contracture, she performs Aspen as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that also includes stretching exercises, manual manipulation, and wearing compression bandages daily for a specified period. In addition, she prescribes vitamins, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medications.
Of course, the best treatment is prevention. Dr. Hernandez recommends breast implant patients begin the series of Aspen ultrasound therapy shortly after surgery, to promote healing and reduce risk of overproduction of scar tissue.
What Happens After Aspen Treatment?
Since ultrasound is non-invasive and painless, there is no downtime associated with Aspen therapy for capsular contracture. Results will continue to improve as you proceed through the treatment series.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Any women who has had breast augmentation surgery using implants should consider getting preventative Aspen ultrasound therapy treatments right away. Otherwise, if you have had your implants for a while and are just now starting to see or feel symptoms, you may be a good candidate for Aspen rehabilitative treatment. However, if your implants are already close to 10 years old, Dr. Hernandez recommends replacement as the best solution, since breast implants typically have only a 10-year lifespan.
Learn More about Aspen
Don’t wait, capsular contracture symptoms will not go away on their own. A confidential consultation with Dr. Hernandez will help you know if an Aspen therapy regimen can alleviate your symptoms and restore the appearance and texture of your breasts.