Can My Breast Implants Rupture?
Breast augmentation with implants can be a life changing procedure. However, before pursuing the procedure, it is important to understand the inherent risks and potential complications. One potential complication is implant rupture. Modern implants are stronger than ever before and the risk of rupture is low. However, it does occur in a small number of cases.
Here, Miami breast lift surgeon Dr. Ary Krau explains what to do if you your implant ruptures or leaks.
What Causes a Rupture?
There are several reasons why an implant may rupture. Car accidents and sporting accidents may inflict blunt force to the chest and cause an implant to rupture. In rare cases, a small tear can develop in the outer lining of the implant and cause the implant filling material to leak out. Rest assured that the implant filling is made of safe material and poses no danger to the body.
How Can a Ruptured Implant be Detected?
Saline implant ruptures are typically easy to detect because the breast will deflate almost immediately. This is because saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution that will quickly leak out of the implant and be safely absorbed by the body naturally.
Silicone implant ruptures are harder to detect because the implant is filled with a gel material that largely retains its shape, even in the case of rupture. The filling will not leak out to the rest of the body; instead, it will largely stay intact either within the implant pocket or close to it. To properly detect a rupture, the FDA recommends women with silicone implants undergo breast imaging exams, such as a mammogram or MRI, every three years.
The only way to replace a rupture or leaking implant is with breast revision surgery. Many patients choose to have their implants replaced with a similar pair, but each patient is different. For example, you may choose to replace saline implants replaced with silicone or bigger implants exchanged for smaller ones. Dr. Krau will go over all of the options with you so you can make the decision that is best for you.
If you have detected a rupture or other problem with your breast implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Krau. Please call his Miami office at (800) 664-9714 today.