Breast implants, regardless of the type, have a life expectancy. They are a man-made product and will eventually need to be replaced. A good plastic surgeon will make it a point to inform you of the possible risks and expectations when considering a procedure.
Since breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, here we will address one common occurrence – breast implant rupture.
Why they happen
An implant, whether saline or silicone, may rupture after it has been placed in the body. The rupture may be a result of a hole, crack, or tear in the implant’s outer shell. Generally, breast implant ruptures result from one or more of the following causes:
- Normal aging of an implant shell or its contents – the longer you have the implant, the greater your risk of developing ruptures
- Damage caused by an inexperienced surgeon during breast procedures such as needle biopsies (always choose experience over cost)
- Overfilled or under filled saline implants
- Capsular contracture (significant hardening with thickening of the scar tissue around the implant)
- Sudden trauma, such as a car accident, which doesn’t allow the implant to properly stretch
Saline implant ruptures
A saline implant rupture is quickly noticeable after a rupture because there will be a sudden change in your breast shape due to the saline solution leaking out of its silicone shell. Although breast symmetry may be compromised, the saline solution is readily absorbed by the body’s tissues and does not cause any harm.
Silicone implant ruptures
In contrast to the obvious breast deflation in a saline rupture, silicone implant ruptures can be less noticeable. The thick, cohesive consistency of a silicone implant makes detecting a rupture less obvious as the implant tends to retain its shape for longer periods. Most plastic surgeons, including Dr. Herte, recommend regular mammograms to detect possible changes and to check the integrity of the implants. An MRI may also be utilized to view the implants.
What to do with implant ruptures
In general, the FDA recommends removal of all ruptured implants regardless of the type. Dr. Herte has extensive experience with replacing implants, with or without ruptures.
Would you like to know more about the risks and how to avoid them following breast augmentation? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Herte by calling us at 702.732.9600 or by filling out this contact form today. We look forward to your visit!