There are potential risks and complications that occur whenever surgery is performed. Some complications may occur regardless of the skill of the surgeon who performed the procedure. With breast augmentation, there is a chance that a patient may experience capsular contracture following the insertion of their breast implants. This issue may be mild in some and severe in which can cause a number of issues to occur. 

What Is Capsular Contracture?

Capsular contracture refers to the formation of scar tissue around the breast implant. While scar tissue formation is normal and a natural part of the healing process, in some cases this capsule of scar tissue can become very hard and begin to place pressure as it contracts around the breast implant. In mild cases, there may be no noticeable symptoms or issues. In severe cases, capsular contracture can cause the breasts to be painful to the touch and can cause the breast implant to become misshapen.

There are four grades of capsular contracture. The first grad is generally asymptomatic. The breasts still appear normal and there is no pain or tenderness. The second grade can present minor aesthetic changes to the breast and the breast may feel firm. The third grade is when the appearance of the breast becomes more noticeably altered but there is still likely to be no pain. The fourth grade is when the breasts become painful to the touch, hard, and visibly misshapen. 

Treating Capsular Contracture

If you are experiencing capsular contracture, Dr. Rai can provide you with the relief you need through breast explant surgery. During this procedure, Dr. Rai will remove the breast implant along with the capsule of scar tissue around it. If you would like to know more about breast explant surgery, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.