New Jersey Housewife Danielle Staub has 3 really big problems!
1. She looks like the Evil Queen from Snow White
2. She’s completely out of her mind
3. And she’s got very bad capsular contracture
Sorry for the awful photos, but how else could we show you what capsular contracture looks like? 🙂
What is capsular contracture? How do you prevent it? And how do you fix it?
What is it?
Capsular contracture occurs when the “capsule” of scar tissue that forms naturally around all breast implants (and other types of implants) begins to harden and “contract”. This process distorts the implant, causes it to feel hard and unnatural, and can actually cause pain if it’s severe. It can occur as soon as a few months after surgery, or as late as several years after.
How do you prevent it?
Since we don’t fully understand what causes capsular contracture, there is no reliable form of prevention. Some believe that the type of implant (saline vs silicone) makes a difference, while others believe that contractures result from bleeding during and after the surgery and/or a subclinical bacterial infection. There’s tons of great researchers trying to figure out the real cause, but for now here’s what you can do to decrease your risk of getting a contracture:
- Choose silicone implants. There is some evidence to show that silicone implants do better than saline in the long term, but even this is not a guarantee.
- Choose the right size. Oversized implants lead to oversized problems, including capsular contracture.
- Take it easy after surgery. Doing too much in the first two weeks after surgery increases your risk of bleeding. Sometimes, bleeding can be severe and require a trip back to the operating room to fix the problem. But sometimes the bleeding can be subtle; so much so that you may not even notice anything out of the ordinary. Both of these situations likely increase your risk of getting a contracture, and being overactive after surgery is usually the root cause.
- Choose a qualified surgeon who works at an accredited facility. A surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation surgery, and who works at a facility that is certified to be compliant with infection-control protocols, will use appropriate sterile techniques to keep you safe and your risk of contracture minimized.
How do you treat it?
It depends on how severe it is. Minor contractures that are only causing the implants to feel a little harder than normal, but not distorting the shape or causing pain, can be observed until they get worse. More severe contractures can only be fixed with additional surgery. The old implants need to be removed, and the entire implant capsule needs to be taken out (capsulectomy). In essence, the surgeon is trying to “start fresh” by removing everything that could be causing the problem. New silicone implants are inserted, and then you cross your fingers. The problem with capsular contracture is that it tends to recur. In most cases, the chance of having a recurrence is a little better than 50/50. The good news is that the vast majority of women who get breast implants never have to worry about this in the first place!
We think this is bad karma for the nastiest housewife of them all… Ms. Danielle Staub!
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Nicholas Vendemia, M.D. Plastic Surgeon, New York City MAS / Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery www.ManhattanAestheticSurgery.com
Photo Credit: HighSocietyPlasticSurgery, TMZ
NOTICE: None of the celebrities or individuals discussed here have ever received treatment, surgery, medical advice, or evaluations from any author, physician, surgeon, or representative of this blog. All images and photos in this article represent models only. No actual patients or clients are shown.