Breast Implant Rupture
After a breast augmentation procedure, some patients may experience a rupture or leak of a breast implant. A rupture occurs when there is a hole or tear in the implant shell, through which the silicone gel or saline solution filler can begin to leak. According to the FDA, it is important to undergo breast implant exchange or removal as soon as is feasible after a rupture is detected. This will help preserve the integrity of the breast pocket and minimize the risk of complications. Award-winning George Alexander, MD, FACS has been one of the top plastic surgeons in Las Vegas, Nevada for over 20 years. He is highly experienced in treating ruptured saline and silicone breast implants with world-class results.
Symptoms of Breast Implant Rupture
In some cases, implant failure is caused by a medical condition called capsular contracture. This post-operative complication is characterized by implant hardening due to the scar tissue capsule constricting the implant. This pressure can compromise the implant and result in a rupture.
Implant rupture can sometimes be identified by the visible distortion of the breasts. Saline implant deflation is more noticeable than silicone implant failure, but both may cause noticeable breast deformities, such as asymmetry, rippling, or lumps.
Discomfort, numbness, tingling, and tenderness may signify breast implant rupture. Pain can also be a sign of infection or hardening of the scar tissue capsule (capsular contracture). Women who experience breast pain or other changes in sensation should speak with their surgeon.
“I heavily researched 2 surgeons and am so glad I went with Dr. Alexander. His bedside manner is the best I have ever seen and I deal with physicians on a regular basis for work. He addressed my concerns and anxiety I had about the actual surgery. I appreciated how accessible the office was after the surgery when I had questions. I would highly recommend Dr. Alexander to anyone looking for a very personal and professional experience.”
“Dr. Alexander and his staff are incredible. He is one of the most caring and professional surgeons I have ever met - and that is saying something because I work in a hospital. The staff are equally incredible and kind. They go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. 5 months ago Dr. Alexander performed a breast augmentation surgery and the results are so natural my friends did not even notice I am 3 cups bigger! I have already referred Dr. Alexander to close friends. He is the best in the Valley.”
“Doctor Alexander is a miracle and made my experience exceptional, he really listened to my concerns and answered all my questions regarding the whole procedure. He made my breasts look like sisters again, I would even recommend him to my daughter and anyone looking for a breast augmentation or exchange. He is not your typical plastic surgeon and he really cares about your outcome. He is the best!!”
The length of your recovery will depend on the type of surgery that is performed to treat your ruptured breast implants. Typically, a full recovery takes six weeks, but most patients feel well enough to resume their daily activities after one week. Dr. Alexander will provide aftercare directions that detail activity limitations for your unique case.
If you choose to undergo a breast implant exchange procedure, Dr. Alexander may utilize the same incisions that were placed during the original breast augmentation to reduce the risk of additional scarring. However, it is often best to use inframammary incisions for optimal results.
Dr. Alexander has gained over 20 years of breast surgery experience and earned multiple board certifications. He applies his vast knowledge and surgical expertise to devise entirely personalized procedures for each of his patients to deliver the best results.
The overall price of ruptured breast implant treatment depends on various factors, including the surgical technique, anesthesia fees, the severity of a patient’s condition, anticipated duration of surgery, and whether new implants are placed or not. An exact cost will be calculated for you during the initial consultation appointment.
Patients who undergo treatment for their ruptured breast implants can expect some discomfort following corrective surgery. Dr. Alexander uses an advanced dual anesthetic technique which patients have stated provides superior comfort after surgery. The physical ailments that stem from implant failure should be significantly reduced after recovery, and any post-operative pain can be managed with medication.
During a private consultation, Dr. Alexander will evaluate your condition and potential symptoms of implant rupture. Some cases may necessitate an MRI scan for a more accurate assessment of the implant before a diagnosis can be determined. After implant failure has been professionally diagnosed, a customized surgical plan is then created to address your needs.
It is important to have ruptured implants removed or replaced because they can cause the following complications if left untreated:
- Gel migration (silicone implants only)
- Breast pocket deformities
- Scar tissue formation
Removing your implants without replacing them with new implants may cause the breasts to sag, like a balloon that has deflated. Those who have their implants removed without replacement may opt for breast lift surgery to restore their bust to a perkier aesthetic.
No, it is not necessary for patients to replace their ruptured implants with the same type of breast implant. Dr. Alexander will review current implant options with you.