Breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants is the most common procedure that women seek to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. This procedure involves placing the implants into the chest, either above or below the chest muscle. Despite its rarity, capsular contracture is the most serious complication that can arise from this surgery. plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides treatment of capsular contracture to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.
Signs of Capsular Contracture
Both silicone and saline breast implants can cause capsular contracture, although it is more common with silicone implants. The body naturally forms a capsule of scar tissue surrounding the implants as a response to foreign objects being introduced. Usually, scar tissue stays soft and supple, but sometimes it can harden and constrict the implant, causing capsular contracture. This can happen at any time after the operation and it may take months or years for the patient to identify the symptoms. Signs of an encapsulated breast implant include:
- Breasts appearing higher up
- Breasts feeling hard and tight
- Pain in the breasts
- Shape deformation of the breasts
Types of Capsular Contracture
There are 4 grades of capsular contracture, and a physical examination is required to determine the type of contracture a patient may have. In Grade I contracture, the capsulation around the implant is not detectable and the breasts look and feel natural. In Grade II contracture, the breasts begin to feel firm but still appear natural. Your surgeon may recommend massage and prescribe medications to help treat the capsule. In Grade III, the breasts become deformed and feel firm. The breasts become more severely deformed and become painful in Grade IV. Surgical intervention is required to treat both Grade III and IV capsulations.
Choose a Surgeon
It is always possible to have unanticipated outcomes after breast augmentation, but it is more probable that you will get satisfactory results by selecting a plastic surgeon who is qualified to carry out the process. If you have any concerns about the possibility of a capsulation, make an appointment with our office to be seen right away. plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides treatment of capsular contracture to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.
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