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Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is a complication that can develop after breast augmentation surgery. It occurs when scar tissue forms around the breast implants, leading to a range of issues. One prominent symptom of capsular contracture is that the breasts may feel unnaturally hard or firm to the touch. Additionally, this condition can cause the shape of the breast to become distorted, leading to an asymmetrical or uneven appearance. In some cases, capsular contracture can be painful, causing discomfort and a feeling of tightness in the chest.


To address capsular contracture, a surgical procedure known as capsulectomy is often recommended. During a capsulectomy, the plastic surgeon removes the problematic scar tissue that has formed around the breast implant. This meticulous removal process aims to alleviate the discomfort, restore a natural texture to the breast, and correct any deformities in shape that may have occurred. In some instances, the surgeon may also need to replace or remove the implant if it is damaged or no longer suitable for the patient’s needs.


Capsular contracture is a complex condition, and its severity can vary. It may affect one or both breasts, and its development can be influenced by factors like implant type, surgical technique, and individual patient factors. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking prompt medical attention is crucial in managing capsular contracture effectively. If left untreated, severe contracture can lead to persistent discomfort and dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome, making capsulectomy an essential procedure for restoring both comfort and confidence for patients who experience this complication.


At The Ottawa Clinic, our experienced plastic surgeons are dedicated to helping patients achieve their desired outcomes. We understand that individual preferences and body changes can evolve over time, and we are committed to providing the necessary support and expertise to ensure that patients are content with their appearance.