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What Is Encapsulation, and Should I Worry About It?

Everyone heals differently, and breast augmentation patients are no exception. The way your body develops scar tissue plays a role in your recovery after getting breast implants — and, consequently, in the way your breasts appear and feel.

In rare cases, you can develop so much scar tissue around your new implant that it encapsulates the implant. Called capsular contracture, this can squeeze or misalign your implant, causing visible, unwelcome changes. In severe cases, it can even cause breast discomfort. 

Fortunately, if you do experience encapsulation, Linda Swanson, MD, can help. With a breast revision tailored to your encapsulation, Dr. Swanson can address the issue and help you arrive at your ideal chest. If you want to learn more about capsular contracture and your options if you do experience it, you can call our office in Torrance or Los Alamitos, California. 

For now, though, let’s take a brief look at this condition. 

Understanding encapsulation

Some people get capsular contracture because their body creates too much scar tissue after a breast augmentation. While you do want some scar tissue to help hold your implant in place, you can get encapsulation if that scar tissue gets too hard and starts to contract. 

Certain things can make you more likely to experience this problem, including a family history of autoimmune conditions and a personal history of developing thick scar tissue after injury. 

This condition most frequently develops in the first two years after getting implants. It’s much rarer to experience encapsulation after that point.

To reduce your risk of capsular contracture, follow Dr. Swanson’s recovery instructions carefully. Too much movement during your healing period can cause your body to make more scar tissue, heightening your risk for encapsulation. 

When capsular contracture is something to worry about

Capsular contracture won’t pose a risk to your health unless it causes a gel implant to rupture. That said, you may still want to address it. 

Encapsulation gets graded on a scale, so let’s quickly look it over:

Even at Grade 2 or 3, you may want to talk to Dr. Swanson about a breast revision. If you got a breast augmentation to move toward certain cosmetic goals, you deserve to reach them. Encapsulation might be a roadblock along the way, but Dr. Swanson has the surgical expertise to help you navigate around it. 

To learn more about encapsulation, to see if it’s affecting you, or to explore a breast revision, call our office nearest you or book your appointment online today.

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