A Breast Implant Improvement Down the Road?
One of the complications that sometimes happens after breast augmentation is capsular contraction. Any time the body detects a foreign object it builds a membrane of connective tissue (collagen and elastin) around it as a kind of protection. It is a way of connecting the natural body tissue to the implant.
In the case of breast implants, this is usually not a problem, as the membrane simply surrounds the implant and contains it.
Sometimes the connective tissue (often called “scar tissue”) is built up too thickly and starts to contract. It can squeeze the implant, making it too hard and causing pain, and this is known as capsular contracture. It is a type of inflammatory reaction.
Several countries, such as Germany and Australia, have been conducting tests on a new type of implant. It is coated in titanium, a biocompatible metal. There is strong affinity between body tissue and titanium. Dental implants are made of titanium because the jawbone accepts their presence and grows closely in around them. This makes them strong anchors for artificial teeth to replace missing teeth.
A titanium coating over a breast implant has several potential advantages:
- It may be more resistant to infection
- It may make the implant stronger
- It may discourage excess “scarring” around the implant
The result would be a calmer and more certain recovery period and more natural-looking breasts. The collagen and elastin membrane would give a smoother appearance.
Titanium-coated breast implants are still in the testing phase worldwide. Until testing is concluded no definite prognosis can be made of success. In the meantime, we offer both saline and silicone gel breast implants. We invite you to call or email our office if you would like to schedule a personal consultation.