When Does Capsular Contracture Occur?

Capsular contracture is a complication of breast augmentation. It occurs when the body’s immune response perceives a breast implant as a foreign object, thereby forming thick tissue fibers, which encase the implant. Either one breast or both can be affected. This complication can occur at any time following breast surgery, but is most common several weeks post-surgery, rather than years down the line.

Signs and symptoms

  • Increased firmness of the breast
  • Breast implants appear to ride high
  • The breast implant looks distorted, usually with a roundness to it
  • Tightness and firmness which brings discomfort and even pain
  • The breast implant has little to no mobility
  • Breasts feel heavy

If any of these signs or symptoms are felt or perceived, it is highly advised to contact a top Dallas breast reconstruction surgeon for a full evaluation, and further, to decide on an effective solution. Capsular contracture does not cause irreversible damage, but the surgical option available is complex and requires a professional board certified reconstructive surgeon.

Breast reconstruction Dallas experts, Breast Reconstruction Associates, is known for extensive experience, and specializing in performing the deep inferior epigastric perforator flap, commonly known as the (DIEP flap) which is the primary method of reconstructing breasts damaged through capsular contracture.


The DIEP flap is the recommended treatment option for capsular contracture. The breast is reconstructed entirely with the patient’s own lower abdominal tissue, which is natural, so there aren’t any implant concerns. Surgeon technique is crucial to the final look of the breast and to recovery time as well.

Breast reconstruction is an involved and complex task. So is finding the right surgeon. Googling breast reconstruction Dallas or DIEP flap Dallas shouldn’t be how you find plastic surgery experts to reconstruct your breast. Your initial surgery demands the best, and your reconstructive surgery demands even more.

Breast Reconstruction Associates is known for performing successful DIEP flaps and approaching surgery with a holistic approach. Your emotional wellbeing and sense of self depend largely on a successful surgery.

For more information on DIEP flap surgery, and to schedule a consultation or discuss your options, please contact Breast Reconstruction Associates and an assistant will get back to you as soon as possible.