Insight on Capsular Contracture if You Are Considering Breast Augmentation

Insight on Capsular Contracture if You Are Considering Breast Augmentation

Capsular Contracture or Breast Augmentation

A lot of women are opting for breast augmentation these days and they find it quite pleasing too. The results that the procedure renders to their body and overall self-confidence are just beyond expression. Yet, there are a few things that all the breast job aspirants must understand completely, before opting for this highly sophisticated reconstructive procedure. One of these factors is Capsular Contracture, which is complication which may happen in a  woman who has had breast implants!

Let us understand the complication in details and find the ways to avoid it.

When a breast augmentation surgery is conducted, it leaves a scar tissue inside, which heals in its due course. Capsular Contracture is a condition which develops when this internal scar tissue tightens up due to some infection and starts restricting the area or capsule around the breast implant to take its natural shape. This constant contraction distorts the shape of the implant and makes the breast feel hard, stiff and uncomfortable.

Studies show that Capsular Contracture cases are more evident within two years of breast augmentation surgery, especially when patients ask for affordable breast implants which could be cheap and harmful.

There is a reliable grading system which establishes the grades of capsular contracture; it is called Baker Grading System. It defines Capsular Contracture in following grades which helps to identify the condition as per the symptoms.

  • Grade I – Soft breasts with natural looks.
  • Grade II – Slightly firm breasts but appear normal.
  • Grade III – Firm breasts but look abnormal.
  • Grade IV – Hard, painful breasts and look quite unusual.
Breast Augmentation

Less than 2% of women suffer from Capsular Contracture if they choose the right implants. Most of the times; the condition develops when a microorganism (bacteria) cause infection or a biofilm formation leading to Capsular Contracture. Body is not able to fight the infection and in the effort to block it, scar tissue becomes more and more active, tightening the contracture as a result.

A good surgeon will always take thoughtful measures to lower the chances of Capsular Contracture. When you opt for breast segmentation surgery with Dr. Rajat Gupta, this is what he takes care of:

  • Prescribing suitable antibiotics before surgery.
  • Avoiding periareolar incision as it comes with higher risk of Capsular Contracture.
  • Using a plastic patch or nipple shield during the surgery to cover the surgical field from the bacteria source. Nipple ducts are known for harbouring bacteria.
  • Taking precautions by washing the pockets thoroughly with a triple antibiotic mixture, where the implants are to be placed.
  • Changing the surgical gloves just before the actual placement of implants and placing a plastic barrier to cover the skin so that implant doesn’t touch the skin.
  • Taking care of all the other factors that may give way to Capsular Contracture.

If you have any queries before going for breast augmentation surgery, you may get in touch with us at Skinnovation Clinics and get a complete consultation before the actual surgery.

Have questions or want to get started? We are ready to help you with a smile!

    Dr. Rajat Gupta

    MBBS, MS, DNB(Gen. Surg.),
    DNB (Plastic Surgery)

    Dr. Rajat Gupta is a board certified plastic surgeon in India with 10 years of experience to back his expertise in the domain of aesthetic surgeries.

    Having completed his training from Maulana Azad Medical College and equipped with a thorough understanding of aesthetic needs of people, Dr. Gupta strives to offer the best remedies and cosmetic procedures outfitted with the latest technology to the aspirants in India and across the globe. To book an appointment, call: +91-9251711711 or email:

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