Capsular Contracture Treatments in Newport Beach, California (CA)

Capsular contracture is a breast implant complication that occurs when the natural scar tissue that forms around your breast implant grows too thick and squeezes your implant. This can affect the appearance of your breasts, make them feel hard, and may also cause discomfort and pain. There’s no known way to prevent capsular contracture, but there are effective treatments.

Treatments for capsular contracture

Surgery is the standard and most effective treatment for capsular contracture. Your surgeon will either cut open the capsule to relieve the pressure on your implant (capsulotomy), or remove the capsule entirely (capsulectomy). A new capsule will form after surgery, but there is no way to tell if it will cause capsular contracture again.

Your surgeon may reuse your existing implants or replace them depending on their age and condition. If you choose to have your implants removed entirely, then you may need a more involved surgery to restore the appearance of your natural breasts.

Asthma medications such as Accolate or Singulair can have mild to moderate benefits in softening your breasts and preventing reoccurrence of capsular contracture. These drugs have anti-inflammatory properties that can soften the natural scar tissue that forms around your implants.
A closed capsulotomy is a non-surgical treatment that involves your surgeon squeezing your implants very hard to break open the capsule. This procedure is outdated as it is not always effective, and can damage and void the warranty on your implants.


Recovery after capsular contracture surgery is similar to your original breast augmentation surgery, but usually milder. You will have pain, swelling, bruising, and soreness, and you’ll have to avoid strenuous activity while you heal. Most women can return to work after one to two weeks.


The costs of treating capsular contracture depend on many factors, including your location, surgeon, and health insurance coverage. Additional fees or procedures can impact costs as well. Your surgeon and health insurance provider can help with exact cost information.

About Joseph Cruise, MD

 Dr. Cruise is a fully trained, Board Certified, Plastic Surgeon who has performed plastic surgery for over 15 years. He has dedicated his life to the art of cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is his passion and this becomes obvious when you consult with him. He fully understands the needs of his patients because he understands how powerful quality plastic surgery can be in enhancing one's life.

Born Feb 3, 1965, Dr. Cruise grew up in the midwest city of St. Clair Shores, MI. From the time he graduated Valedictorian from Lakeview High School, he set his mind to becoming a Plastic Surgeon. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wayne State University in Michigan and then graduated in the upper class of his medical school also at Wayne State University. He then began his extensive training in General Surgery, Hand Surgery, Microvascular Surgery as well as Plastic Surgery.Cosmetic surgery is his primary focus but he also has dedicated considerable time as a burn surgeon at the Grossman Burn Center at Western Medical Hospital reconstructing disfigured burn victims. Restoring human form to faces devastated by burns has given him experience that could not be obtained elsewhere as well as an appreciation for all the subtleties that make a human face and body what they are.

Within his practice, Dr. Cruise oversees a highly trained team of professionals that are dedicated to making your plastic surgery experience enjoyable." Every patient of mine is an autograph of my work. It is imperative to me to make sure this signature represents the very best that plastic surgery has to offer. "
Dr. Cruise utilizes the very latest in plastic surgery techniques and equipment. Depending on the procedure, computer imaging is often used to help show the patients what they can expect as a result of their surgery.The use of computer imaging is very helpful to demonstrate what is and what is not possible. This is especially true in rhinoplasty. The most important thing is, to be honest. This may mean telling a patient that what they want is simply not possible. Patient trust is paramount.

Featured Specialist for Capsular Contracture Treatments in Newport Beach, CA

Joseph Cruise, MD

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2081 San Joaquin Hills Rd
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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