Breast Implant Rupture Symptoms and Signs

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While the vast majority of saline and silicone breast implants will last a long time, sometimes your entire life, there are still risks of a ruptured breast implant. A rupture refers to a tear, hole, or leaking implant . It is important to learn breast implant rupture symptoms and signs so you can detect the problem as soon as possible.

Ruptured Saline Breast Implants

If a rupture develops in a saline breast implant, you will know quickly. The saline solution leaks out of the implant and it deflates, much like when you get a flat tire. You will notice a size difference between your breasts. The shape of the breasts may also be different. 

You will want to contact your plastic surgeon as soon as possible to have the ruptured saline breast implant removed and a new one installed. It is also a good idea to start antibiotics and take those until gone. 

While saline is not harmful to the body, it can sometimes contain bacteria from being sealed inside the implant. If the implant ruptures and the bacteria are released, it could cause some type of bacterial infection.

Ruptured Silicone Breast Implants

With silicone breast implants, the rupture is not as quickly noticeable. Modern silicone breast implants consist of a “gummy bear” gel silicone that is inside a shell casing. Since the gel substance is thicker, the risks of leakage are reduced. 

However, even with these latest advances in silicone breast implants, failures and ruptures are still possible. Some of the common reasons a “gummy bear” implant would fail could include:

  • Excessive Pressure
  • Chest Injury
  • Chest Trauma
  • Degraded or Fractured Shell Casing
  • Accidental Damage During Another Surgery

“Gummy bear” implants also reduce the risk of the silicone being leaked to elsewhere in the body. Yet, there can be certain signs and symptoms you still need to be aware of that indicate a ruptured breast implant, including:

  • Swelling 
  • Soreness
  • Tingling Sensations
  • Increased Sensitivity 
  • Numbness
  • Burning Sensation

You will notice these symptoms and signs around the affected breast. Another sign that could indicate a ruptured implant is if you start noticing lumps in the breast tissue. In other cases, you may not experience any symptoms or signs at all.

How to Find Out if My Silicone Breast Implant Has Ruptured

You should get into the habit of inspecting your breasts a few times each month. Do a self-examination to look for lumps and breast size and shape. You will also want to pay attention to your body. If you notice any of the symptoms and signs we mentioned, you will want to schedule an appointment with your plastic surgeon right away.

Additionally, it is highly recommended to get an MRI every three years if you have silicone breast implants. MRIs are highly effective at detecting ruptured silicone breast implants. It is essential to have a ruptured silicone implant removed as soon as possible. If the silicone moves to other areas of the body, the silicone cannot be removed from those areas.

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Are There Any Other Breast Augmentation Surgery Options Besides Implants?

If you are concerned over the potential of a breast implant rupturing, you do have another breast augmentation option: fat transfer. With this method, fat is removed from one area of your body and added to the breast tissue. 

To learn more about breast augmentation surgery options, or if you are experiencing breast implant rupture symptoms , please feel free to contact JW Plastic Surgery Center at 225-217-5881 today! 

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