Capsular contracture

How do I know for sure if I have capsular contracture? Could it be something else like a tight muscle at 6 months post op that never dropped? The surgeon I’m seeing now for for a second opinion, whom I’ve seen 3 times, had never actually touched my breasts, any of those times. He’s just looked at them and taken measurements. He also said if I have capsular contracture  he will just remove the capsule. Is there a definitive way to diagnose it?

He also said it can be caused by technique, but that seems irrelevant to me if I have it and he’s saying his technique is better so I won’t get it again?


If I have it I don’t want to go through another implantation just to get it again, which I’ve read it’s a higher chance of getting it again if you’ve had it before. I know there’s things like singular, dermal matrix etc, but I just don’t want to go down that road. The extra expenses and surgeries wouldn’t be worth it to me. 

Please advise/ help. Thank you!

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  • I'm actually dealing with this right now too. I had my BA in may of this year and all of a sudden my right boob started hurting, seemingly out of nowhere. It looked the same as the left one and is still squishy but felt heavier and tighter. I sent pictures to the nurses at the place that I had the procedure done and they said my breasts looked great but that it could be a strained muscle. BUT they also said because of the symptoms I was describing we should be alert for a possible capuslar contracture if the implant begins to move up and my boobs become firm. She prescribed me Singulair which I'll pick up tomorrow so hopefully that makes a difference. 

  • I'm confused.  You've sought a second opinion and see him or her 3 times but at no time you had an exam?  Like no touching?  Alarm bells are ringing for me.  What does your original surgeon think?

    Breast implant that never dropped is suspicious for under dissection of muscle or missed ptosis of the breast rather than had already dropped and now is riding high and tender--more like cap con.  

    Hope this helps and good luck to you!


    I would be honored to see you at my office in Raleigh, NC!
    (Bustmob members get a $500 travel voucher 🙂)

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