4 Risk Factors That increase the Chance of Experiencing Breast Implant Capsular Contracture

The result from a breast augmentation procedure should be a breast that feels and looks natural. The breast following this procedure should not feel hard or appear to have shifted from its natural position on the woman’s chest. However, regardless of how good your plastic surgeon is, there is a chance of experiencing breast implant capsular contracture.

Before & After


What is Capsular Contracture

Scar tissue forms around any type of implant (cosmetic or medical) as part of a normal healing process. Our body reacts to any foreign object, such as a pacemaker or breast implant, by trying to isolate it by forming a barrier of scar tissue around the said object. While this is normal, in some cases this scar tissue contracts around the implant and becomes hard. This not only leads to aesthetic problems, but it can be painful as well.

Causes of Capsular Contracture

Unfortunately, the exact cause of this surgical complication is unknown. However, doctors and researchers theorize that it is a bodily response to the presence of bacteria in the implant pocket.

The Baker grading system is used to measure the level of breast implant capsular contracture:

Grade I: Breast looks natural and is soft.

Grade II: Breast looks normal but is slightly firm.

Grade III: Breast looks abnormal and is firm.

Grade IV: Breast looks abnormal and is hard and painful.

Risk Factors

While there is no way to predict capsular contracture, certain factors increase your risk of developing this complication, including:

  • If the patient has experienced an implant infection
  • If the patient has experienced high levels of bruising following the surgery

Prevention of Capsular Contracture

There is no absolute way to prevent this plastic surgery complication; however, The Aspen Rehabilitation Technique reduces the risk of developing a breast implant capsular contracture. The Aspen Rehabilitation Technique is a patented process available through Aspen After Surgery located in Coral Springs, Florida and offers a 1-week FAST TRACK for qualified patients. Typically, the cost of travel and treatment is less than surgery and comes with none of the risks.

The Aspen method involves 5 non-invasive treatments for prevention and 10 non-invasive treatments to treat an already existing capsular contracture. For prevention, treatment is started 2 weeks following surgery. However, for treatment of an already existing capsular contracture, it should be started as soon as possible for the best outcome.

The Aspen Rehabilitation Technique treatment is a series of painless sound waves that are delivered over the woman’s breast. Next, specific implant massages and pocket expansion techniques are provided by a licensed professional. Last, a compression garment is fitted to help adjust the position of the breast implant.

As surgery has a high re-occurrence rate for these issues happening over and over, The Aspen Treatment can also be provided in a patient’s surgeon office. Ask your surgeon for the Aspen After Surgery Treatment as an inexpensive option to surgery.

If you are considering plastic surgery or have already gone through the process, call us today to speak with one Aspen’s experts.