Today, capsular contracture is, fortunately, a much less common complication than it has been in the past.
What is capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture is a complication that affects the thin, transparent tissue called a “capsule” that the body produces to surround the implants. Under normal circumstances, this tissue ensures the implants feel soft and are free to move naturally. However, when capsular contracture develops, the capsule tightens abnormally and becomes thicker, which results in less space for the implant. As the space gets smaller, the implant commonly shifts to a heightened position, feels hard, becomes painful and/or takes on an unnatural appearance.
What causes capsular contracture?
This condition occurs when the capsule becomes inflamed, due to an infection, a ruptured implant, remnants of silicone from a prior rupture, trauma, bleeding or the body’s natural response to the implant.
What is the severity of my capsular contracture?
The severity of your capsular contracture is determined using the Baker scale:
- Grade I – Your breasts are soft and possess a natural shape, size and overall appearance.
- Grade II – Your breasts are slightly firm, however they appear normal to the eye.
- Grade III – Your breasts are firm and they appear abnormal and unnatural.
- Grade IV – Your breasts are hard, painful, distorted and appear abnormal and unnatural.