Capsular contracture is a hardening of the scar tissue layer around an implant. So every implant put in the body, particularly breast implant, forms a small scar tissue layer. Usually this is soft and allows the implant to move just a little bit. When it becomes very hard and squeezes the implant, it can even be painful, it can give a very unnatural look and feel.

I always tell patients they should see a plastic surgeon. Some things can be done. Usually it has to do more with minimizing all the risk that could lead to it but when someone does have a capsular contracture, usually surgery is required. The capsule has to be removed and then we'd look at what factors and a re-operation could really keep that risk of capsular contracture low.

Watch For These Signs That You May be Experiencing Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is one of the most dreaded complications for patients getting a breast augmentation, so Dr. Kamakshi Zeidler explains how to minimize the risk and what to do if a patient thinks they may be experiencing capsular contracture.