Silicone Implant Rupture

I suspect my silicone breast implant has ruptured, what now?

Although silicone breast implants are durable and strong, ruptures do occur.  The diagnosis of silicone breast implant rupture is not straightforward as there are often no signs or symptoms of rupture.  There is controversy regarding the best protocol for surveillance of silicone breast implants.  The FDA is recommending frequent MRI but some plastic surgeons feel this is not a cost effective option and most patients are rejecting this.

Once a rupture is suspected, breast implant imaging such as MRI or ultrasound can be helpful to confirm the rupture.  Unlike saline implants, the material of a silicone implant stays in the breast after rupture and this material requires removal in addition to the implant shell.

Implant manufacturers warranty silicone breast implants which can help significantly with the costs of silicone breast implant rupture treatment.