How to Tell if your Breast Implant Ruptured

Back in the early 1990’s silicone breast implants made news everywhere when ruptures were poorly understood. Once the FDA looked into silicone implants, they decided to only allow them to be used for reconstructive surgery on breast cancer patients. However, breast implants have come a long way since the 1990’s and silicone implants are now more safe than ever. However, because breast implants aren’t designed to last a lifetime, they can end up rupturing or needing to be replaced after 10-20 years. If you think that one of your implants may have ruptured, read on to learn more.

breast implantsSilicone Implants
Because silicone implants are made of silicone gel, if you receive a tear or rupture in your implant you likely won’t be able to tell for some time, if at all.   If you start to notice that one of your silicone implants is looking smaller or different than the other, keep a close eye on it and see if it changes further. If so, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your plastic surgeon.

Saline Implants
Saline implants are the safest type of implant to have rupture in your body. Made of salt water, saline implants can be dissolved immediately in your body without causing any bodily harm or danger. And because saline implants are made up of salt water, if you receive a rupture in your implant you will notice right away or in a matter of minutes. If this does happen, try to remain as calm as possible and know that your health is okay. Contact your plastic surgeon right away in order to get your implants redone and replaced.

Both silicone and saline implants can rupture after around 10-20 years. However, by understanding what you’re dealing with and what signs to look for, you can better be prepared.

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