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Capsular Contracture

Remove Constrictive Scar Tissue

Woman with capsular contractureIf you have undergone breast augmentation, and your implants are affected by capsular contracture, Dr. Kamran Khoobehi in New Orleans can correct this condition and restore a beautiful, shapely bust line. Capsular contracture is marked by a hardening of the breast, a change in breast shape, and pain. The exact causes of this condition are unknown, but it can be successfully treated by removing the capsule, or scar tissue, that naturally develops and surrounds a breast implant. Dr. Khoobehi can then rebuild the breast using fat grafting techniques or implant replacement. If you are experiencing pain or undesirable changes in your bust line following breast augmentation surgery, contact our New Orleans office today. Dr. Khoobehi is an expert in breast augmentation revision who can determine if capsular contracture is to blame for your dissatisfaction, and tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs and goals.

What is Capsular Contracture?

Following breast augmentation surgery, the body develops a capsule of scar tissue surrounding the breast implant. In some instances – usually involving subglandular implant placement - this capsule can begin contracting, placing excessive pressure on the implant. This can cause the breasts to become hardened and appear distorted, in addition to causing pronounced pain and discomfort. The severity of capsular contracture is determined using the Baker Grading System, which consists of four grades. If the breast is causing pain, looks unnatural, and has hardened, it would likely be classified as a three or four on the Baker scale, and surgery would be necessary to restore comfort and appearance.


The fundamental treatment for capsular contracture is to loosen or remove the constrictive scar tissue. Next, the affected breast is revised using either the classic method of removing and replacing the implant, or by conducting a fat transfer to the breast. Dr. Khoobehi is a leader in using fat grafting to revise breast augmentation, and participated in the Food and Drug Administration’s largest clinical trial for this life-changing solution. This treatment involves the removal of fat from one part of the body, and relocating it to the breast to achieve the same favorable results a breast implant provides. Depending upon the patient’s needs and desires, fat transfer can be combined with breast implant replacement.

If it is determined that a replacement breast implant is necessary in the patient’s revision treatment, Dr. Khoobehi prefers sub-muscular placement (beneath the pectoral muscle) to sub-glandular placement (above the pectoral muscle). This option produces more natural-looking results for most women.

A thorough consultation with Dr. Khoobehi will determine which revision method will best meet your needs. Your physical characteristics, as well as a range of other factors, including your lifestyle, emotional state, and sexuality, will be taken into account as Dr. Khoobehi creates a revision treatment plan especially for you.

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If capsular contracture is causing you physical pain, emotional distress, and a compromised appearance, contact our New Orleans office today to learn more about how Dr. Khoobehi can restore your comfort and confidence.

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Kamran Khoobehi, M.D.
3901 Veterans Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 779-5538

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