We use this system to treat capsular contractures around breast implants. With Aspen system treatments patients often see their breasts become soft and natural and avoid corrective surgical procedures for capsular contracture. In addition, the Aspen ultrasound/electrical stimulation system is used to reduce post-operative pain and swelling, thereby accelerating a patient’s recover after surgery. Esprit Cosmetic Surgeons is the only facility in the Northwest providing this important treatment technique. We are proud to say that this is another example of Esprit’s commitment to providing exceptional care and services to our patients.

What is it?

Ultrasound therapy has been used for years to treat sport injuries. Ultrasound is a method of stimulating the tissue beneath the skin’s surface using very high frequency sound waves. There are three primary benefits to ultrasound. The first is the speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area. The second is the decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema. The third is the gentle massage of muscles and connective tissues in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened.

Electrical stimulation is used after surgery to reduce pain, swelling, bruising and promote healing. The unit sends comfortable impulses through the skin that stimulate the nerves in the treatment area. In many Portland cases, this stimulation will reduce the pain sensation the patient feels

“Immediately when I met Dr. Connall, he felt like a friend. He just made me feel so comfortable that I knew right away this is who I wanted to pick.”


How does it work?

Specially designed ultrasound heads and electrodes are placed on the treatment area. Also, hands-on therapy with stretching exercises and tissue massage is used to accelerate your recovery. This is ideal after most procedures including: breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, liposuction, abdominoplasty, lower body lifts, and most facelifts. Usually six sessions are required, twice a week. 

Hard breast implants?  Misshaped breasts? You may have capsular contracture. 

Before the Aspen System procedure
RIGHT breast unnaturally high and hardening (Capsular Contracture). Also notice inside cleavage area of RIGHT breast is flat and lost natural contour.

The Non-Surgical Option for Breast Implant Correction

The Aspen System is an innovative new non-surgical approach to treat capsular contracture. The system utilizes a combination of custom technology and specialized rehabilitation techniques to treat women suffering with capsular contracture. We one of only a few centers in the western U.S. offering this non-surgical treatment option.

Capsular contracture is a condition that may affect women who undergo breast augmentation or breast reconstruction. It is a hardening and constriction of the scar tissue that forms around a breast implant. In severe cases, capsular contracture can create a painful, misshaped, or oddly positioned breast implant.

After the Aspen System procedure
Natural shape, softness, height and contour of inside of RIGHT breast achieved.

The Aspen System is Unique

All aspects of the Aspen System have been designed specifically for the treatment of capsular contracture. The first step is to “soften” the scar capsule by applying the Aspen System device to the outside of the affected breast during a treatment. The Aspen System device is a unique, computer-controlled, technology that is unlike any other therapy device that may be found in other doctor’s offices and therapy clinics.
Hands-on therapies are the next step. Our specially trained staff performs massage techniques and teaches the patient exercises and personal massage maneuvers to stretch the capsule and reposition the implant. The final step is “splinting” the breast implant. This involves wrapping the breasts with a special bandaging technique.

We will treat you with the only device technology designed to treat capsular contracture and educate you on how to properly perform the right type of massages, wear the right type of compression bandage, and even show you exercises to help prevent capsular hardening.

Surgical Expertise Too

If your capsular contracture is moderate and recent then a non-surgical approach is worth trying. However, sometimes surgery will be needed to treat capsular contracture. Our surgeons have years of experience treating capsular contractures surgically and uses the latest and most effective surgical techniques to treat this problem when necessary. These options will be discussed when you have a detailed consultation with one of our surgeons.

We Are Here To Help

The best way to get your questions answered is to come in for an appointment.

Learn more about the Aspen Recovery System by calling our office in Portland or scheduling a consultation at (503) 783-0544.