Capsular contracture, who's had it and what did it feel like?


Hi there, my name is Melanie, i had a breast uplift with 270cc implants placed in April 2010, sadly i've now developed Capsular Contracture in both breasts, my left breast is really very hard, almost like a ball feel, however i have no pain, my right breast feels slightly softer than the left but is very painful, it almost feels like a sharp stapping pain, and sometimes, burning, stinging sensation, i also have pain in my right shoulder blade, arm, underarm, my lymph nodes are inlarged also under each armpit, i'm having surgery to correct the capsular contracture this friday and new 560cc placed, has anyone had capsular contracture and did you experience pain, what did it feel like, i'm starting to think i'm the only one who's suffered this bad?
Kind regard Melanie. xx


Am getting explanted

Had 300ccs in '96, replaced 3 times due to capsular contracture, had the latest ones for 10 years had enough of going under the knife only for it to return a year or so later, so have suffered with very hard, painful breasts for 9 or so years now. Finally had enough and visiting my GP this afternoon to see about an explant as the pain is keeping me awake at night. I know I will probably go back to being flat as a pancake and with the possibility of loose sagging skin too, but to me it's worth it just to feel like I have my body back again instead of feeling like I have 3 great painful rocks covered in skin on my chest. I wish you all the best and hope you are luckier than me - everyone is different. I have come to the realisation that my body will just continue to reject so what's the point?


Think i may have it too

Hi sorry to hear you have this too I had 400 cc under the muscle in 2007 over the last six months I've had increased tenderness and discomfort in nipple right side only, shape has changed and looks stretched, I'm having increased right side neck pain and under arm pain, my surgeon says it's Baker grade three but I'm going for a mammogram asap as I can't afford to get them done for at least six months sadly. Good luck I'm beginning to regret having them x



Is cc in your actual boob tissue of your implant? It's weird becuase I've never really heard about this before but my left implant feels hard. I'm surposed to have gel implants but if I push the bottom of my implant/boob it feels like it has lumps init and the top is quite hard. my right one is fine. Does anyone think it could be this cc too!
Also do you get a free reop or do u have to pay for it! is it a natural problem or an implant problem. Sorry for all the questions but now I'm worried as I fort it was just me :/


Capsular contracture??

Can anyone please help me? About 2 weeks ago I woke up with a major burning/pain in my left breast. It then radiated to just above my left shoulder blade. the pain in the shoulder blade is excruciating. I have been to the ER twice, on strong pain meds and nothing is helping. I was tested for blood clots, cancer, heart attack, anything you can think of and everything, including MRI's, CT Scans and xrays came up with nothing. The shouder blade pain is extreme and is constant. I am crying constantly because of the pain. They are admitting me to the hospital on Monday. My implants are about 10 years old. Has anyone else had this kind of pain before and it was found to be implant issues? I am at my wit's end trying to figure out what is going on. Can anyone help? The only thing that can be left is Capsular Contracture. But my Docs are telling me this is not the case.

I have not seen a plastic surgeon yet.

Please help!!



Same here

by: ves911

Hi Mary, I have the same thing. I've had my saline under muscle implants for 3 years. In the last 1.5 years, my right breast has been in constant pain. Severe burning, stinging, feeling like there's acid inside. The intense pain radiates into my shoulder blade, neck and even my right side ribs. I've gone so far as to have my gallbladder removed and my cervical spine c4-c6 fused with the doctors saying that was the problem. Well, it didn't fix anything. My left breast is completely fine. Both feel normal to the touch, no hardening that I would think is cc. Blood work and all tests come back normal. I would like to add, I can feel what I think is the fill valve and the ring around it (patch?) right through my skin, which is strange to me since they were placed under the muscle. How should I be able to feel that? And its very painful to touch. I've been on pain management for over a year with oxycodone & Norco. I just had my 3rd injection into neck, and dozens of triggerpoint injections that didn't work. I'm at the point I think I am going to have the right one removed to see if there is any improvement. I'm really at my wits end. This pain has destroyed any quality of life I had. Did you ever see your plastic surgeon?



by: weet1

Tbh mary it sounds like u could have an implant rupture have u had that checked out yet from hospital? Ive heard that ruptured implants cause excrutiating pain and commonly go unnoticed by doctors and hospital exammi ations i cant remember if it is an x-ray or an ultra sound scan of the breasts that show up any leakage but i wud highly recommend having someone check that out hope u r ok xx



Lola did you have any pain into your armpit and neck and back like myself and Melanie ? I have a constant dull ache only on the right side of my body which is the side of the breast that feels a bit hard now



Lola did you have implants under the muscle or not ? What were your symptoms ?



by: lolasrocks

Yes my first 2 sets were under the muscle. 3rd set are partials and polyurethane and have now gone rock hard really sore and rejected again. I think i need them removing now for a year then replacing x



I have had cc 3 times i am due re aug number 4 this year



Would love to hear how you're doing now Melanie I'm having a worrying time and would love to speak to someone with the same symptoms that's better now maybe! Hope to hear from you soon x


Cc for second time

Hi all
My symptoms sound very similar to yours Melanie, I don't have any lumps but there is defo inflammation all around my arm and pain up my neck, shoulder and around rib cage. Had my implants done on the NHS but they won't replace anymore will only remove but I'm in so much pain I'm contemplating it. If I could guarantee my implants were the issue I probably would but the doctors think it's muscoskeletal and postural rather than my greats causing it, I think it's a combination of both. I had CC in my right breast after my first surgery where I had the implants under the skin above the muscle, this time I have them under the muscle so I'm wondering whether that's why it's more painful through my muscles and armpit.


Bodenbabe... what is your current status in aug 2014?

I am hoping to hear about how things have worked out for you? I only have pain in R breast and shoulder and first attempt at correction didn't work out. It was just revision of scar tissue though... not a full on replacement. Please do share if you get a chance.
Many, many thanks.


Surgery all done

Well i had my surgery 2 weeks ago now to correct my CC after the surgery my surgeon came round and told me the CC was quite bad in both breats, my left implant had actually ruptured but the silicone was still inside the implant. I had a bit of a night mare the following evening, my left breast started swelling up, so i had to have it re-operated the following day to drain the blood, not very nice. Prior to have my breasts corrected from CC it was my right breast giving me trouble, the pain was horrid as not only was it in my breast but it was also in my back and shoulder and i also have swollen lymph nodes under each armpit. 2 Weeks on and my pain is still in my back and shoulder and my lymph nodes are still swollen, has anyone else still suffered from pain after having CC corrected?


I had cc too...

Hi, only just seen your post & I guess you've had the op by now...so wondering how you've got on.

I had grade 4 CC within the first year of my original op & had a re-op the end of this Jan using polys. Funnily enough I had very little pain with the CC, it wasn't till after the re-op I realised just how bad they actually were. I knew that my breasts felt tight & I couldn't lay on my front or anything but straight after the op they felt a world better. Funny how your body soon compensates & gets used to things. Also i've noticed this time around I don't seem to get much 'morning boob' which previously lasted for at least half an hour on waking each morning & was horrible. Lasted for 10 months! Fingers crossed I continue to escape this!

Also, how do your boobs look now second time around? I don't think mine look as good as they originally did but it is still early days I guess. But they feel a whole lot softer & more natural.


Op for cc

How did your operation go? How is the pain now? I've got my op booked for 13th April, I'm having 420 overs. I can't wait to get rid of these awful PIP's, the pain is really getting me down.


Capsular constractor

Hi Melanie, I am sorry to hear both your implants have capsular constractor. I have one ruptured implant and one capsular implant!!! I went wit the HMG. They have lied to me and have been terrible. Honestly I WISH I had not had it done by them. xx



by: bodenbabe

Hi asmith2354, what symptom's did you get from the ruptered implant and what did your capsular contracture feel like, i'm sorry your going through a terrible time with your implants.



by: asmith2354

I don't have a confirmed rupture but that fact that my breast is getting smaller is probably a bit of a give away! The cc feels like my breast is being squashed from the inside, the pain is in my chest behind the implant and radiates around my back and into my shoulder. I have quite a high pain tolerance level, having had 2 children and child birth! and other shoulder operations, but the pain from this some days makes me feel sick it's so bad. I'm not having a good day with it today and it really gets me down. Since my breast has started shrinking the pain is much worse, I feel unwell in myself too, really tired and run down and constantly aching all over as if I am going down with a cold. I saw the nurse at my GP surgery today ( for an unrelated matter) and she was quite concerned at the sate of me. Even though I'm going to a private clinic she has advised me to see my GP asap as I don't have a date for surgery yet. ( trying to get the funds together!) I'm seeing him on monday but not sure what he can do really, even if I get some stronger painkillers that will be a help. How is the pain with yours at the moment? When are you having surgery and who with?


I can so relate

by: bodenbabe

Hi asmith, i can totally relate to what your going through, reading your post almost makes me cry because i know EXACTLYwhat it's like, because i didn't realise my breast problem was related to my implants for the past year i've been suffering and told by my normal gp that it's just something i'm going to have to put up with, Great!!! It's funny because my surgeon has confirmed CC on both breasts, my left breast is very hard and yes i can tell i have CC in it, however my right breast is much softer, and looks flatter if that makes sence, butr this is the breast that's causing me the pain, so i'm also thinking possible rupture. The pain is constant apart from when i sleep, it doesn't wake me up. The pain radiate's to my right shoulder, especially my shoulder blade, upper back, behing rib cage, sometimes neck, and sometimes down right arm, i also have swollen lymph glands under each armpit, someday's the pain get's so bad, like you i get so low about it, my doctor has even prescribed me anti-depressant's which i haven't taken. I'm actually having surgery tomorrow morning, with my original surgeon Adam Topping, at Clare Park Hospital in Farnham Surrey, but i've had to pay more money, i am hoping and praying that once the CC has been sorted and new implants placed i'll be getting back to normal. The whole thing has given me a terrible anxiety problem, as for the last year i've been thinking i've got breast cancer and i wouldn't live to see my kids grow up etc. I hope you get some answers on Monday, let me know how it goes.

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