Aspen Ultrasound Rehabilitation

Capsular contracture is among the most prominent post-operative concerns for breast augmentation patients. When a breast implant is inserted, the body responds by forming a “capsule” of scar tissue around the implant. This is a normal, healthy response and not a cause for concern. In some patients, however, the capsule hardens and begins to constrict the implant. This is capsular contracture, a condition that causes the breasts to become firm, distorted and painful after augmentation.

Treatment options for capsular contracture have historically been limited. Revision surgery involving removal of the implants was often required. The surgical approach is effective, but it is a lengthy, costly and uncomfortable solution that may not be ideal for all patients. Fortunately, it is not the only option. The Aspen Ultrasound Rehabilitation System is a painless, noninvasive treatment offered at U Laser Medspa that can bring relief to patients with mild to moderate capsular contracture.

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Diagnosing Capsular Contracture

Signs of capsular contracture can appear shortly after a breast augmentation or reconstruction procedure or years after surgery. If you develop stiff tissue around a breast implant, if the shape or position of the implant changes, or if you are experiencing pain around your implants, you should talk to a surgeon about your symptoms. Capsular contracture may be barely noticeable or have a significant impact on your quality of life depending on the severity of the condition. Capsular contracture is rated using a four-point grading system in which grade one capsular contracture shows no symptoms and grade four presents the most painful and cosmetically disruptive symptoms. The Aspen method is most effective for grade two and grade three cases of capsular contracture; grade four cases may require surgical intervention.

Understanding Therapeutic Ultrasound

Medical professionals have used ultrasound therapy for years. The high-frequency sound waves emitted by an ultrasound device have multiple beneficial applications, including increasing blood flow, breaking down scar tissue and reducing swelling in the treated area. This gentle stimulation can accelerate the body’s natural healing process while decreasing the pain and discomfort felt by the patient during recovery. Ultrasound therapy is commonly used to treat soft tissue conditions and sports injuries, but is becoming increasingly recognized for its potential to help patients heal after plastic surgery.

Aspen Ultrasound Rehabilitation for Capsular Contracture

The Aspen Ultrasound Rehabilitation System utilizes therapeutic ultrasound and specialized rehabilitation techniques to reduce or eliminate capsular contracture. Unlike traditional ultrasound systems, which have a wand applicator, the Aspen device has a uniquely designed paddle system that completely covers the breast for better penetration of the ultrasound energy. When applied, the device delivers precisely controlled ultrasound waves to the breast tissue. The waves encourage collagen growth, which in turn increases elasticity in the breast capsule around the implant. A series of treatments with the Aspen system can restore a soft, natural look and feel to the breasts.

Aspen Ultrasound Rehabilitation for Postoperative Healing

The versatile Aspen system does more for our patients than treat the painful and unsightly symptoms of capsular contracture. As the sound waves are received deep within the tissues, blood flow is increased and new cell growth is stimulated. These effects can help ease swelling, bruising, soreness and pain after surgery, and can speed up the recovery process by reducing fluid buildup and scar tissue formation. A shorter and more comfortable recovery means you can feel like yourself, get back to your life and see your results sooner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What to Expect From Aspen Ultrasound Treatment

Treatment with the Aspen system is noninvasive and painless. The first step is to soften the constricted scar tissue by applying the Aspen device to the affected breast. The second phase of the process involves the use of specific massage and pocket expansion techniques to further soften the hardened tissue. Lastly, to help adjust the positioning of the hard implant, a compression garment is fitted. This unique combination of modalities creates an environment of elasticity that improves the softness and position of the breast implant over the course of several sessions. We will discuss your concerns and perform a physical examination during your consultation to create a personalized treatment schedule.

Is Ultrasound Therapy Safe?

Ultrasound therapy is safe and unlikely to cause adverse effects when performed by a qualified professional. The treatment involves little if any sensation for the patient, and does not require any downtime. There are some situations in which ultrasound should not be used. A consultation is essential to determine whether you are a candidate for ultrasound therapy and whether it is likely to be an effective treatment for your concerns.

Aspen Ultrasound Rehabilitation in San Diego

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At U Laser Medspa, we strive to provide patients the highest level of care through every step of their medical journey. One way we achieve this goal is prioritizing continuing education for our team and continuously seeking out the newest, most effective technologies available in our field. We are proud to be one of the only facilities in San Diego to offer the Aspen Ultrasound Rehabilitation System to alleviate post-breast augmentation contracture. While there is no sure way to prevent capsular contracture, there are treatment options that can help restore a natural look and feel to your breasts. Call U Laser Medspa at 858-281-4560 to schedule a consultation and find out whether the Aspen system is right for you.