Breast implants do
last forever, they are not intended
to be lifetime devices. All implants are all susceptible to ruptures and
or deflation after breast augmentation. The term "deflation"
refers to a loss of volume of a implant.
Saline filled implant deflation can occur either suddenly or can
happen slowly over a period of several days. The patient will
notice the side that has the deflation is misshapen or smaller
than the other implant. The most common situation regarding
ruptures or deflation comes from sealed saline implants that
have been compromised with adding saline to the implant after
the surgery. The valve stem is opened up to add saline to the
implant. This serious complication can occur
just a few months after the breast augmentation surgery or it may occur
after ten or more years of having implants.
Overfilling an implant with saline can make deflation and ruptures less
with saline implants. If a saline implant is not filled to the
proper capacity, folds can occur with the implant. It is these
folds that weaken or compromise the implant shell - which will lead to a
rupture or deflation. Under-filled implants do fold more often.
overfilling and under-filling a saline breast implant can sometimes both
resort in deflation because of the tension it puts on the implant shell.
The manufacturers have guidelines for the surgeon to stay within when
filling saline implants.
Symptoms of a
Saline Implant Deflation:
loss of size
loss shape of the
Saline breast implant deflations require
surgery for placement of a new implant.
silicone implants the rupture might not show because of the fact
these implants are filled with a gel material. With the
newer style cohesive silicone implants, if a rupture should
occur, the silicone does not pass the capsule that is
surrounding the implant.
With the new "gummy
bear" implants, if a rupture should occur, these
implants are made with such a firm cohesive silicone gel that
you can literally cut the implant in half, and the silicone will
stay inside the shell area. With silicone ruptures, you
can see a slight loss of volume over time but it will not be as
dramatic as a rupture with a saline implant. Also, your
breast will be misshapen. Most physicians need the aid of
MRI in order to detect a
Symptoms of Silicone Implant Deflation:
pain or tenderness
changes in sensation
of the above symptoms could also mean other breast problems.
Make sure you contact your plastic surgeon if you experience any
of these symptoms. Hard knots (or any kind of lump) should
be examined by a medical professional immediately.
Silicone breast implant ruptures require replacement in addition
open capsulectomy, which is
surgical removal of the surrounding scar tissue.
Trauma or some
kind of physical pressure done to the implant directly
- it is important to get an experience Mammogram tech that knows
about implants. Since there are so many women these days with
implants, most techs know how to take all the views of the breast
with implants. Make sure you always get your yearly mammogram,
to other medical procedures like a
biopsy or fluid drainage
of the implants
implant manufacturer’s - Mentor and Allergan – both offer lifetime
warranties on their implants against rupture and deflation.
However, plastic surgeons that perform closed capsulotomies and or any
surgical procedure that might contribute to the rupture, the warranties
will be voided.