Sunday, September 21, 2014

Lymphatic Therapy for Breast Capsular Contracture and Scar Tissue in St Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Clearwater and Sarasota Fl by Melissa Gallagher, Certified Lymphatic Drainage Therapist

It seems like there is not one day that goes by without a call or a visit with a new client who has a very painful and frustrating case of capsular contracture.

The work I do and am in and the word of mouth referral network I have seems to present these cases in a great quantity to my practice. My focus is non-surgical, non-invasive, natural and healing.  The focus is taming the immune system by addressing its response to the breast implant and over production of scar tissue. 

As a certified lymphatic drainage therapist, I have women coming to me from literally all over the state of Florida and all points in between.  Many of the cases I see are all over spectrum of capsular contracture grading.

The degree of an incidence of capsular contracture is graded using the four-grade Baker scale:
  • Grade I — the breast is normally soft and appears natural in size and shape
  • Grade II — the breast is a little firm, but appears normal
  • Grade III — the breast is firm and appears abnormal
  • Grade IV — the breast is hard, painful to the touch, and appears abnormal

The biggest question that I hear is why does this happen?? 

Essentially the body is rejecting and fighting off the implant.  It creates strong, thick, fibrous dense tissue that can cause the breast to become larger that actually encases and attempts to push out the implant.  Sometimes this occurs only around the nipple. Others its below the breast at the incision site.  It really varies per individual. 
There are many reasons why the body turns on the implant:
  • Bacterial contamination
  • Rupture of the implant shell
  • Leakage of the gel filling
  • Hematoma
  • Scar Tissue Build up
 Some of the ladies I see are within 6-9 months post surgery.  Sometimes even sooner.

What I do to help minimize and remedy capsular contracture:

 If this is something that you are dealing with, please I urge that you not delay in addressing this.  I've seen severe cases that could have been prevented.  
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