• Surgical Removal of Ruptured Breast Implants

    on May 20th, 2017

It is always smart to look into worst case scenarios when deciding whether to go through with an elective surgery or other procedure. After all, you want to make sure you know what you are getting into. Even though very few women who undergo breast augmentation ever have to deal with a rupture, you will want to know what the effects of this development are and how the implants are then removed.

There are two types of breast implants. The first is made entirely of silicone while the second consists of a silicone shell filled with a saline solution. When a silicone-only implant ruptures, the material doesn’t leave the rupture area and therefore doesn’t pose a health risk. With the second type of implant, the saline water that gives the implant its shape most often simply dissolves into the body if the implant ruptures.

Even though neither type of implant is cause for much health concern if ruptured, it is still recommended that the leftover silicone is surgically removed from the body. Keep in mind that your body naturally creates fibrous tissue around the implant as soon as it is placed and this freshly made capsule will most likely contain the silicone that leaks out of a ruptured implant. While this doesn’t necessarily cause a problem, if the fibrous tissue becomes infected because of the rupture you will likely experience pain and either softening or hardening of the breast area.

From an appearance standpoint, another reason to get ruptured implants removed is that the shape of the breast is usually changed. It is easy, however, for a plastic surgeon to simply replace the ruptured implant with a new one so that the breast is still enhanced. In fact, if another implant is not put in most women find that their breasts sag more than expected because of the missing implant. Of course, there is always further breast augmentation surgeries that can help improve the appearance of stretched out breasts.

To find out if your breast implant has ruptured, an MRI is recommended. This is the best way for a doctor of any sort to get a look at the condition of your implants. Some women feel getting an MRI every few years is the best way to keep an eye on what is known as a silent rupture, when an implant ruptures but no obvious signs or symptoms result. These screening tests help doctors address the issues of a ruptured implant before they become serious.

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