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Why Do My Breast Implants Feel Hard?

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Breast augmentation is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure for women who wish to enhance their appearance or restore volume and shape to their breasts. During the early stages of recovery, it is normal to experience a slight firmness in the breasts. 

This feeling is caused by the implant material, which is designed to be firm and stable. The implant material is typically made of silicone or saline. Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel, while saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution. 

Both types of implants can feel hard to the touch immediately after the procedure. As your body continues to heal, the implants should “drop” into their designated location and soften over time. 

When Breast Implant Hardening Can Be Concerning

If you’ve passed your recovery time for your breast augmentation and noticed that your breasts are still hard, look disfigured, or are painful to touch, there may be an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. The most common reason for this is that you could be experiencing a capsular contracture. 

When a foreign object is inserted into the body, our immune system forms a thin film around it to protect the body, forming a capsule. A capsular contracture happens when the body forms scar tissue along this capsule, causing it to contract, which makes the implants look and feel hardened. There are several factors that can influence the development of capsular contracture, including:

  • Your surgeon: Make sure your doctor is a board-certified plastic surgeon, meaning that they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This ensures that your surgeon has the utmost knowledge and experience to provide you with the best medical attention.
  • Follow pre and postoperative instructions: Not following your surgeons orders before and after your breast augmentation surgery can not only lead to breast implant hardening, but it could lead to other complications as well. 
If you’re experiencing breast implant hardening after your breast augmentation, it’s important that you consult your plastic surgeon as soon as possible to avoid any further complications.