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Do breast implants rupture?

Breasts have always added to female good looks, there happen to be different sizes and shapes of breasts depending on the body type and genetic effect. To enhance them females do opt for breast implant now a days. Breast implant is a surgical procedure meant for breast augmentation, there are two types of breast implants: saline implant and silicon implant

Each type comes with unique design and made to last for many years, earlier women used to complain about the discomfort but modern technology has made it extremely flexible. Now women feel more confident and comfort of natural looking breasts. Only in rare cases implants have the tendency of getting ruptured.

Augmentation procedure:
Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline).  Some are pre-filled and others are filled during the implant operation.

Silicone gel-filled implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel (silicone). Although many women say that silicone gel implants feel more like real breasts than saline, they pose more of a risk if they leak.

The procedure generally takes around 2-3 hours and performed under general anesthesia to avoid any discomfort or pain during the procedure. The surgeon will make a cut under your breasts, under your arms, or around your nipples reduction, depending on your body, the type of implant, and how much enlargement is being done. Your surgeon will put the breast implant into a pocket above or below your chest muscle. After the implant is in place, the surgeon will suture the incision or use surgical tape to close the wound.

Recovery & post-op care….
General anesthesia tend to make you fell nauseous some patients may experience vomiting. As part of your breast augmentation post-op care, you will receive a prescription for anti-nausea medication, which can be taken once every six hours to control symptoms for the first 24 to 48 hours.

Manage the pain with cold compresses and over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If these do not provide adequate relief, you should take the minimum dose of prescription pain medication necessary to ease your symptoms.

For muscle aches and cramping, your breast augmentation post-op care will include a prescription for a muscle relaxant, which can relieve muscle-related discomfort, especially in your back, neck, chest, or shoulders. If you are taking pain medication, wait at least one hour after taking it before you take the muscle relaxant.

Try to sit, stand, and walk around by the evening of your surgery—doing so helps prevent blood clots—your breast augmentation post-op care includes no activity beyond this for the first few days.

For optimal healing, you will be instructed to sleep on your back, not your stomach or sides, for many weeks.

On the second day following surgery, you may remove your bandage, but not the steri-strip bandages along the incision. At this time you may shower, carefully patting dries the bandages. No baths, hot tubs, or swimming will be allowed for many weeks.

During your recovery, you will likely wear a special breast augmentation recovery bra designed to support your implants and aid in healing.


How it gets ruptured…
After breast lift surgery, small hole or tear form on the outside of the breast shell. Rupture risk is different in both the types, ruptures might be caused by surgical error, a fall, or very rarely the pressure exerted on the breast during a mammogram. Saline implant ruptures are easy to spot. The breast rapidly changes shape over days as the fluid leaks out. If a saline implant breaks, all that leaks out is saltwater. The saltwater is harmlessly absorbed into the body. Silicone gel implant ruptures are more difficult to notice. When the implant breaks, the leaking silicone stays in the body. It can sometimes spread outside the breast and into distant lymph nodes. As unnerving as that sounds, studies haven’t found that this results in any increased risk of disease. Nonetheless, if a silicone gel implant ruptures, your doctor will probably recommend removing it and any loose silicone.

Silicone rupture is often called the silent rupture as sometimes the doctor and patient cannot feel or detect the rupture caused. They can only be detected by MRI. For this reason, the FDA recommends that women with silicone gel implants get an MRI three years after implantation and once every two years after that.

Over the time silicone implants are more trending due to their natural looking results and experience. Saline implant makes skin ripple and with time they lose their natural looking factor which makes them less in demand. The silicone implants contain platinum which is totally safe to use while saline implants do not have platinum.

Size adjustability….
The size of the implants is pre-discussed with the patient during consultation and also according to the requirement. Although saline implants have the advantage of size adjustability post surgery without any further surgical procedure the saline implants are filled after implanting them in the breast tissue, later the fluid can be injected more if the candidate wishes for and to reduce the size the fluid is taken out using a syringe only.

While in silicone implants the size of standard prefilled silicone gel implants cannot be changed. In this you can only chose the size at the time of consultation or later you can opt for second breast implant surgery in which the prior implant would be taken out and new big/small implant would be inserted accordingly.

Causes & symptoms of implant rupture…
Any kind of physical trauma can cause breast implants to rupture while it’s tough to detect rupture initially.

Trauma or stress to the breast implant from intense physical activity

Severe scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)

Under filling or overfilling of the implant

Excessive handing at the time of the implantation


  • Changes in breast size or shape
  • Pain, soreness or swelling in the breasts
  • Change in breast size or shape
  • Lumps, or softening or hardening in the implanted region
  • The above listed factors may be signs of a breast implant rupture. 

Complication and risk associated with implant rupture….
Dezire clinic says there is no risk or complication associated with implant ruptures as it rarely happens though, Dr. Prashant Yadav (M.S., M.C.H) has delivered many successful results with his experience and expertise in the cosmetic world. If any rupture happens to the implants detected, it should be removed sooner rather than later. Leaking silicone can change the breast shape and can cause capsule changes. See your local plastic surgeon who can give you the best options for you. The procedure does not require hospitalization and is commonly done as an outpt.

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Dr. Prashant Yadav
M.S., M.Ch. (Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery)
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