Capsulectomy Orange County & Riverside

Capsular contracture happens when the scar tissue or capsule that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant. The chance of capsular contracture occurring may increase over time, though its causes are unknown. Symptoms of capsular contracture range from mild firmness and mild discomfort to severe pain, distorted shape of the implant and palpability (ability to feel the implant).

Capsular contracture is graded into four levels depending on its severity. Baker Grades III or IV are considered severe and often additional surgery is needed to correct these grades:

  • Baker Grade I: the breast is normally soft and looks natural
  • Baker Grade II: the breast is a little firm but looks normal
  • Baker Grade III: the breast is firm and looks abnormal
  • Baker Grade IV: the breast is hard, painful, and looks abnormal

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