Capsular contracture or uneven dropping?


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My left breast has softened up and dropped a bit since my surgery on October 7th, but my right breast is still high and tight. I’m not sure if this is because I use my right arm more/ pick up my 2 year old with that side or if there’s something wrong like capsular contracture? If it is slow to drop, how long does it generally take for things to even out? I see my PS on the 28th but I’m starting to worry. 

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  • I think it's just normal one usually drops faster then the other from what I have seen on mine  and others on this site. I am 4 months po and one is still slightly more dropped then the other . 

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  • Please keep this post updated! I am dealing with the same issue! I had my surgery Nov 19th!

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    • Erika Elise ok I will! I’ll let you know what my surgeon says too

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    • Erika Elise my surgeon confirmed that I do have capsular contracture in the right side. The implant is firm and doesn’t move around as well as the other side. He suggested Aspen treatment. I’m bummed! I was hoping this wouldn’t happen 

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    • Kaitlinriana2010 Oh no! I see my PS next week and I havent had much change in the last month with my right implant either. Praying the Aspen treatment works for you!! 

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      Erika Elise what did your dr end up saying? My right is stalling too

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    • Ren I ended up having CC. It was such a bummer to hear. He said I could  continue to massage aggressively and hope for the best and check again in a few months. I haven’t seen much change and it looks worse in pictures than in person. I’m actually pregnant now so if I decide to get mine redone I’ll probably won’t do it for a few years. 

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      Erika Elise ugh it’s so crazy they don’t know what CC is from but I’m so nervous when I see my right side stall vs my left. I know that is my dominant arm so the muscle might be way stronger but it’s constantly in the back of my mind ahh!

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    • Erika Elise congrats girl! Your breasts will probably change a little after pregnancy anyway so waiting is probably a good idea. 

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    • Kaitlinriana2010 thank you so much!! I’m actually hoping it helps and if not waiting until after pregnancy for a revision is totally the best option! 🤗

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      • Daj
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      Kaitlinriana2010 I know this is an old post, but I was going to say when I first looked at your images, your breasts reminded me of mine and then when I read your post it sounds like something that I am going through. Your implants remind me of mine because they look about the same size, mine dropped and fluffed in a similar way, plus you are lean and they sit on your chest simliar to how I feel mine do (or did before cc); basically they generally look pretty good and then when you really look, you can see there is a slight difference. As well my right breasts has become slightly firmer and is sitting higher then my left. You know your body better than anyone, and you know first if something is wrong. That's how I felt. I was told nothing was wrong until finally in my last visit with my PS they said I had low grade Capsular Contracture. I was given a prescription of 3 diff things (motrin, steroids and singulair) that I'm still taking and was told to do massage. In the last day or so, I feel like I noticed a slight diff in my breast (the one with cc), it seems to be more narrow and pertruding forward more. It doesn't seem to have improved. Anyhow. Just wondering where you are in all of this. 

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    • Daj I’m glad to know I’m not the only one experiencing this! But I’m sorry you’re having issues too. I was supposed to start Aspen treatments which break down the scar tissue around the implant but with the Coronavirus all of my appointments got cancelled. My right breast is still higher and firmer than the left. I’m massaging it daily and stretching my upper body in hopes that things will change a little bit until I can get those treatments done! 

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  • I've dealt with this myself, and still even at 8 mos post-op, I feel like I see it some in more pics than others. It's totally normal and natural to witness one dropping and "fluffing" or "settling" more than the other... Just as we all naturally have one larger than the other, I do definitely believe it's based on the dominant arm, especially when having implants under the muscle... Don't worry, they're gonna even out. But I will always suggest that wearing a good supportive bra is important in these stages. Even after my PS said it was totally fine to go braless overnight, I saw some big changes within 6 weeks, and I mean like 3-4 mos after surgery. I'm still super happy with my outcome, but I felt at that point surely the pockets had healed entirely... I think we need to be more mindful of the extra weight regardless, bc none of us paid for this and withstood the pain to end up with saggy old lady boobs lol you're perfect and right on progress here, just giving the only extra tip I have at 8 mos. Wear those underwires girls! You're beautiful 😘

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      Alisha. B. my PS said no under wires for 3 months, and considering how uncomfortable they were before my BA I was hoping I didn’t have to wear them again. Can a supportive sports bra be a good substitute for day to day wear?

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       I'm sorry that I wasn't more specific, and absolutely do not ever want to mess with your progress, love... I couldn't wear an underwire until I was first given permission by my PS, and that was at about 8 weeks... All I mean is that once I was cleared to go braless, I wish I hadn't as much as I did, even just overnight. I didn't see that is be carrying as much more weight as I am, and I don't want my breasts to be sagging... Of course, listen to your PS first and foremost, and if you're being advised to NOT wear an underwire bra, that's very typical. I was told the same... I was referring to months later and I'm sorry that I wasn't more clear in that regard. I understand that these times can be difficult and confusing, and I never wanna make it harder for any of you babes out there... To be clear, I was released by my PS to go both braless and wear and underwire at any time with absolutely no restrictions at about 8 weeks post op. Your case is definitely not my own, but from my experience, once you're beyond the "pocket heal" stage, I'd just recommend wearing a bra of some sort as often as possible, bc I wish I had not gone without one as much as I did there for several weeks. That's all. Love you all and wish you the best, happiest outcomes ever! You deserve it!

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      • Alisha. B.
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      Bronamie I shouldn't have said that statement about underwires without a further explanation, I'm sorry. I definitely think they're uncomfortable too, just like you do. And yes, any good supportive bra is gonna be helpful. I should have been more clear... How far along are you now? I just meant that I might have let mine drop a little more than I wanted, bc once I was cleared, I didn't sleep in a bra for several weeks. Now I wonder if I'm experiencing displacement... Ugh...

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  • You look amazing and there's still time for things to even out but I definitely understand your concern. I just had a revision last week at 6 months po to fix this same issue :( this is what mine looked like even after 6 months. In my case, I had scar tissue tethered to the bottom of my implant, keeping it up. I'm only a week post op from my revision and it's still a little more bulging at the top on that side but I'm told it will settle with massage (I also upsized)

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      SamanthaMarie I think you're results are beautiful in both pics! You're looking amazing, how many ccs did you go with each time and how do you feel?? Thanks  for responding to me and also for sending me such amazing advise... I honestly cannot afford a revision without just relying on my surgeon to go in and correct legitimate things like displacement... Do you think that's what I'm experiencing? They have both really dropped and spread further apart making me lose my cleavage and even my original breast fold (where my surgery took place) has risen a bit, like 1-2 cm on each breast. I was rationalizing it as just typical D&F at the time I suppose. Is that normal?? They're not super high up or anything, but I do feel like I should maybe ask my surgeon if this is typical or not. Ive read that you shouldn't expect the scars to stay exactly within the breast fold if your surgeon creates the pocket to rise just a tiny bit above, so that they don't show in a bikini top, etc. Like while you're lying down...? I definitely don't know everything, this is my very first surgery of any kind... Any advice is soooo much appreciated! May I ask, did your surgeon give you any price changes within your revision??? I don't even know how id approach that...

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    • Alisha. B. Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words! And you're so very welcome. I remember feeling so lost going through this and not having any answers so ask away!

      I'm 5'1 115 lbs.I started as a flat A. The first set were 345CC Allergan Natrelle HP, under the muscle. Brought me to a small C

      I now have 490CC (maxed out) Mentor MemoryGel Xtras. My PS said the Xtras offer more projection then other kinds so even though they only offer moderate plus and high profile, their HP is actually about the same dimensions of UHP in most other types. That's what I ended up going with. I think I'm a D but it's still hard to tell a week out.

      Feeling great. Second time is like 90% easier than the first. 

      Its hard to say what it might be in your case. My surgeon suspected a band of scar tissue but wasn't even 100% sure until he went in there and checked it out. And my insicions moved a bit as I dropped as well so I think that's normal.  I suggest bringing it up at your next appointment. Let him know its really been concerning you and get his honest opinion if it's something that will settle on its own or not. I let my surgeon know right away that I was worried so it was something we kept an eye on each visit until my 6 month when I was clear for a revision (if needed, which of course, I did) My surgeon didn't exactly take fault for it and I can't say that it really was. I expressed I was in a bad spot financially after the first surgery. He said he wanted to do what it took to make it right but they also had to at least break even so he waved his fee and my new implants were free but between OR fees, anesthesia, and a couple of other factors that still came to $3,000 which was about half of my original surgery.

      I truly hope things settle in their own for you but don't be nervous to start the conversation with your PS. They want you to love your results just as much as you do! ❤

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      SamanthaMarie omg, thank you so much! I'm so happy that this place exists, that I found it, and that you're here being willing to give me good advice... I appreciate you more than I can describe... I wish I could have mentioned this change as early on as you did, but it has literally just happened gradually over the course of the past two months, which really has been shocking. I kinda started to blame myself that maybe once I'd been released to go braless overnight, maybe I had overdone it... I'm not sure. But this is such incredibly helpful advice, thanks so much... I'll keep you updated with what I find out, further. Please also keep me updated in your progress, as well. I'm so hopeful from your story and your suggestions, thanks so much... Wishing you all the best!

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    •  Alisha. B. Yes definitely keep me updated! I know it's a stressful situation but I'm sure things will work out ❤❤❤

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      SamanthaMarie Thanks for being so caring, love. I'll let you know exactly what I hear... Good luck to you as well. 💓

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      • Onicaleigh3
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      SamanthaMarie omg! That's what I'm feeling in my problem-side. It's painful/sore area when I touch it. Trying to do the same implant movements/massages for both breasts but the problem side won't budge. Is there any way to break up that scar tissue before it's too late? I'm 2 mpo

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    • Onicaleigh3 ive been advised to massage mine for 15 mins a day. Firm squeezing on all sides of the implant. I also have to lay on a book for 5 mins everyday and do upper body stretches. 

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      • CRH
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      SamanthaMarie 

      Your revision looks amazing! I remember last year when we were talking about our results being similar- Well, I had that side that dropped quicker bottom out and the right side stayed higher. My revision is this upcoming week in June 5th. Going from 505CC Smooth Moderate to 650 HP.

      Your results look so awesome!! It gives me hope mine will turn out okay! 

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  • This question is hard for me to answer.  Are the photos at different time points? If things seem to be improving, and I take standardized photographs then I keep waiting.  If they're stalled out then I would consider an operative revision--usually no earlier than 9-12 months. Good luck!

     

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      • Alisha. B.
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      Dr. Michelle Roughton Thanks so much for your response... I used my profile pic, and the first two I had posted, at current time (being 8, almost 9 mpo) but I did also post a 3-4 mpo pic to show how much things have changed. And I replied to someone asking for pre-op pics, showing myself the morning before surgery. I'm sorry if it's confusing, I'm definitely new here, and I wish so much that I'd found this app before my surgery... I did, however, do extensive research (not only on the surgery but also on my perspective surgeons) and it's heartbreaking for me that I spent so much time working and saving my money to end up feeling confused at this point. I loved my initial results, and once given permission by my PS, I started to sleep without a bra overnight (she advised I could at about a week before 3 mos) and since then, I've gradually started to blame myself for maybe causing my own issues. I never went braless casually, but I did sleep without one for weeks, and then I suddenly started to see some big changes, but only very gradually over the past 2-3 months. Once I realized what I was witnessing, I immediately strapped my bras back on permanently, but I didn't wait years for this, save for this, and pray for this, to end up not even being comfortable sleeping or showering, and feel suddenly even more afraid than before surgery to expose my body. I'm an adult, married woman, with a child, and I was hoping to gain some confidence... I'm so confused at this point, and I've been trying to get back in with my PS, yet her advisers who answer my calls continue assuring me that it's all apart of the normal "D&F process"... I know she's busy, but I had to find another place to reach out to with my questions bc I'm not sure how else to present this, if not in person. And here I am, online. It's not what's best for me, but I'm so thankful that you're all here for me to reach out and ask my questions... My incision sites (breast fold, and stayed there for the first few mos) have risen 1-2 cm on each side over the past couple of months as well, and maybe that is apart of her plan, I have no idea! I need to know that theyre not going to rise any further, though. I'm afraid to spend any longer than an hour without a bra, even with my husband. I feel perhaps this could be the early stages of low and lateral displacement (potentially heading towards a double-bubble, that I've read are more typical with HP, as mine are) and since seeing them spread apart, I question more if this profile was ever really appropriate for my chest width or not to begin with... It would have been much less shocking to begin with bad results, than have them show up so slowly, and be told without even an in-person examination that it's all a normal part of progression... I feel totally lost and I can't keep blaming myself for what's going on at this point, or making excuses for it another way... Again, I thank you so much for responding and for your advice. I apologize if I wasn't clear with my pics/the time at which they were taken... I'll send you anything you need in exchange for your expertise. I can't thank you enough...

      Sincerely,

      Alisha in Asheville

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      • Alisha. B.
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      Dr. Michelle Roughton Also, I'm not even totally sure that your response was meant for me, but it showed up twice as a reply on my profile. I'm so new to this app, and I'd posted pics and questions, hoping for some help... I'm not sure if I should have sent it to you directly or not... If your response indeed was intended for the woman here (kaitlinriana2010) and not for me, then can I just message you directly about my own issues now? I just need someone to help me... Thanks so much for your time.

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    • Alisha. B. yes I"m having a hard time finding your photos.  I saw the one with your leg extended at 3-4 months.  Sleeping without a bra is not a bad thing and nothing is your fault.  Give yourself some grace.  Please send your current photos if you're concerned about bottoming out. Nothing is broken that can't be fixed (and quite possibly nothing is broken).

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  • Sorry to say but its capsular contracter, mines excatly the same, one boob is all soft and droops down and the other is hard and a smaller rounder shape 😞😞 i ignored it for years but sadly it dont go away, i am now finally gettting it removed and having new implants, mine is now a grade 4, it doesnt hurt or cause any problems but ive been warned my surgery is going to be complicated and i will need to leave a drain in 😞😞

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  • Kaitlinriana2010 any updates?

    I really enjoy my new cleavage! And my boobs when I have a bra on. Naked.... another story. Confirmed capsular contracture and doesn’t look like they’ll drop into place or round out without revision. I have 405s and love my cleavage but  I go with a Revision and they drop like they’re supposed to, I’m worried I’ll lose the upper pole fullness that I love so I think I’m going to go with a difference size. Somewhere 500-570? 570 sounds too big but really leaning towards 520. Also scared about CC reoccurring. 

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    • Ceschaefer08 mine are the same. One is a lot smaller and higher up from the CC. I wasn’t able to get my treatments done because of the virus so unfortunately I’m in the same spot. I’m just massaging them like normal and laying on a book on the ground as suggested by my PS. Smaller implants I believe have lower chance of CC but I’m not sure! Mine are 450cc. I honestly just want to take them out. I love them but this is so annoying! And who knows if it will happen again

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    • Kaitlinriana2010 so crappy:( it’s a terrible feeling when you like money into something that you’ve wanted for so long and the outcome is having to pay more money and not know if you’ll even get a better result. 

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    • Kaitlinriana2010 as your can see I look pretty normal in a bra. Besides being uneven. But naked is another story. When I bend over or sideways you can see from the one pic the tissue falls right off the implant. And you can see from other pics that my nipples are SOOO LOW and I’m flat on the bottom. Like you set them on a shelf is the only way I can explain it. 

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    • Ceschaefer08 omg I know. I really had to convince my hubby too and to be like actually this sucks I don’t like them is hard. I wish I would have done fat grafting or something...they might have been smaller because I’m thin but dang now either way I’m like $20,000 in and I like REALLY don’t want to go under again and be in that much pain again.

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    • Ceschaefer08 my right one is like that a bit. It’s almost like the implant is stuck to the wall of the chest or something? My left one moves freely but even know it feels firmer like I might be getting CC on that side too. I’m so sorry girl that’s so shitty! Does your PS offer Aspen treatments?

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    • Kaitlinriana2010 have you only had one aug? I did get cosmetassure so I have a little cushion - they’ll pay between 2500-3500. And mentor is warrantying the implants.  But I’ll still have to pay for part. 

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    • Kaitlinriana2010 is they do, they did not recommend it. They said there’s so much scar/banding on the bottom they aren’t going to drop anymore. 

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    • Kaitlinriana2010 sometimes they such way back up onto my chest. No joke- set a timer and took this pic you can see they moved/contracted 

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    • Ceschaefer08 oh wow that’s so nice! I think my implants cover the cost of the implant replacement but nothing else.

      thats so crazy! I wonder why they are fluctuating so much??

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