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
“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.
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.