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How do I know if one of my breast implants is encapsulated?

How do I know if one of my breast implants is encapsulated?Breast augmentation is the most popular procedure for those looking to enhance the shape or size of their breasts. Although complications from breast augmentation are uncommon, capsular contracture is a more serious issue that could arise. In this situation, the implant must be removed or replaced to prevent more serious health problems. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez provides treatment of encapsulated breast implants to patients in El Paso, TX, and surrounding locations.

Signs of Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is possible with either saline or silicone breast augmentation but is more common with the use of silicone implants. A capsule of scar tissue naturally forms in the body around the breast implants after breast augmentation surgery. This scar tissue generally remains soft and flexible, however, in some cases, the scar tissue hardens and tightens around the implant, resulting in capsular contracture. This can happen at any point after the surgery and may not be noticed by the patient for months or years. Signs of an encapsulated breast implant include: higher than normal positioning of the breasts, hardening, firmness or tenderness in the breasts, and a deformed shape of the breasts.

Grades of Capsular Contracture

When it comes to capsular contracture, there are four distinct grades that could require varying forms of treatment. A physical exam is required to determine the type of contracture in place. Breasts with Grade I contractures will look and appear normal and do not require treatment. Breasts with Grade II contracture will feel slightly firm and may require massage or prescription medications for treatment. Breasts with Grade III contracture will appear deformed. The breasts become severely deformed, firm, and painful in Grade IV capsular contracture. Surgical intervention is required to treat both Grade III and Grade IV capsulation.

Choose a Reputable Surgeon

Regardless of your surgeon’s expertise, there is always a possibility of capsular contracture following breast augmentation. To increase your likelihood of achieving a desirable outcome, it is important to choose a board certified surgeon to carry out your operation. If you are concerned that your implants may be encapsulated, contact our office right away to book a consultation and have an examination. Board certified plastics surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez provides treatment of encapsulated breast implants to patients in El Paso, TX, and surrounding locations.

Contact El Paso, TX Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez

For more information on Plastic Surgery (cirugía plástica) and Non-Surgical Medical Spa procedures and treatments, please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (cirujano plástico), Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez (Dr. G) by clicking here or calling 915-600-2639.

Serving patients in El Paso Texas, Las Cruces New Mexico, Ciudad Juárez Mexico and surrounding areas.

Para obtener más información sobre cirugía plástica y procedimientos y tratamientos de spa médico no quirúrgico, comuníquese con las oficinas del cirujano plástico certificado por la junta, Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez (Dr. G) haciendo clic aquí o llamando 915-600-2639.

Sirviendo a pacientes en El Paso Texas, Las Cruces Nuevo México, Ciudad Juárez México y áreas circundantes.

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1480 Redd Rd
El Paso TX 79911
Tel: 915-600-BODY (2639)