What is Breast Implant Rupture?
A breast implant rupture can occur in both saline and silicone implants. While extremely durable, breast implants have a small risk that the shell will develop a hole over time. A little known fact is that both saline implants and silicone implants have a silicone shell. The bid difference in a saline versus a silicone rupture is not the broken shell but what leaks out.
In the older style of silicone implants, silicone would leak out like syrup. With newer cohesive gel implants the silicone leaks out like a gummy bear.
With saline implants, saline will leak out over a few days or hours. It is much easier to know if a saline implant has broken or is leaking as compared to a silicone implant.
Regardless of the type of implant, when a rupture occurs, women may start to see changes in the contour and shape of their breast. In some cases, a broken or ruptured implant can cause pain or discomfort in other cases a rupture is not even noticed. A sudden busted implant is possible but uncommon.
Breast implant rupture symptoms
Patients who has a breast implant rupture have reported the following symptoms:
- Deflated implants
- Change in implants shape
- Hard lumps over the implants
- Burning sensation
- Sudden sagging of the skin of breast
- Change in the position of the nipple
- Swelling in the armpits or swollen lymph nodes (adenopathy)
Breast Implant rupture removal
To avoid further complications, ruptured breast implants need to be removed as they can potentially lead to health problems in the future. Depending on the patient aesthetic goals, there are a few surgical breast implant removal options which include:
- Implant removal
- Implant removal with a breast lift
- Implant removal with breast augmentation (implant exchange)
Benefits of Breast Implant Rupture Removal
Women who undergo breast implant rupture removal surgery often report that there is an improvement to their overall health. There is also an improvement to the feminine figure as the ruptured implants can become deflated and start to look unnatural.
Combination of a Breast Implant Rupture removal with other plastic surgeries
There are many other plastic and cosmetic surgeries that Dr. Azouz can combine with your breast implant rupture removal and/or replacement. Some of these combination surgeries include:
- Brow lift
- Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
- Otoplasty (ear surgery)
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz
Before undergoing breast augmentation or breast implant exchange, it is important that patients discuss with a board-certified plastic surgeon the type of implant that will be used for breast augmentation to compare the benefits and compromises of each type of implant. If you are worried about a possible breast implant rupture, schedule an appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Azouz in Dallas by calling 972 702 8888. At the consultation, Dr. Azouz will evaluate your case and guide you through the process to make sure your implants are in good standing.