Breast augmentation has grown in popularity over recent years as a go-to cosmetic procedure. As with any surgery, associated risks and potential complications exist. One of the primary concerns is breast implant rupture. This complication underscores the importance of understanding the potential risks, symptoms, and necessary steps for detection and remediation.
Our aim is to enlighten you on everything you need to know about breast implant rupture and ensure you have the knowledge to address this issue should it arise.
Breast implant rupture can be described as an instance where the outer shell of an implant breaks or tears, leading to the leakage of the implant contents into the surrounding tissue. Various factors can contribute to the rupture. The age of the implant often plays a key role, as these devices are not designed to last indefinitely and can rupture over time due to normal wear and tear.
Furthermore, physical trauma or inadvertent damage during surgical interventions can also instigate a rupture. Although rare, the risk of rupture can be compounded by defects present in the implant at the time of surgery.
A rupture may not always present immediate or visible symptoms, particularly in the case of silicone gel-filled implants. These instances are often referred to as “silent ruptures”, detectable primarily through MRI scans.
Nonetheless, some patients might experience changes in breast shape or size, discomfort, pain, swelling, or hardening. Conversely, a rupture in saline implants can be noticed more promptly due to the absorption of the saline solution by the body, resulting in a visible decrease in the size of the breast.
Regardless of the type of implant, regular follow-up appointments are vital to maintain optimal health and ensure the longevity of the implants.
Should a rupture be detected, the standard recommendation involves the removal of the implant and any leaked material. This scenario also presents the opportunity for you to make a choice regarding the replacement or removal of the implant. What you choose depends on your specific situation. A detailed consultation with your plastic surgeon ensures you make the right decision for your health and aesthetic goals.
At Lorraine Golosow, MD, tour health and satisfaction remain paramount throughout your breast augmentation journey. Should you have concerns about a potential breast implant rupture, or if you’re considering exploring your options for breast augmentation, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional guidance. The first step is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Golosow. She can answer any questions you have and give you the information you need to make the right decisions for you.
To schedule a consultation today, call our Fort Myers or Cape Coral office or use our online scheduling tool.