23 Oct Do Your Breasts Look Deflated? When To See Your Surgeon For A Possible Implant Rupture
Signs Of Implant Rupture
While breast implants are generally safe, complications such as implant rupture can occur. Individuals should be aware of the signs of implant rupture and know when to see a surgeon for a possible diagnosis. By understanding the risks and knowing how to respond, individuals can take steps to protect breast health and ensure the best possible outcome for cosmetic surgery.
Changes in breast shape or size
Asymmetry, deflation, or dents in the affected breast can be caused by implant rupture. The changes may occur gradually or suddenly. Regular self-examination and follow-up appointments with a surgeon can help catch implant ruptures early on. Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or hormonal changes may also cause breast shape or size changes.
Breast pain or discomfort
Sharp or shooting pains may occur in the affected breast, or individuals may experience a persistent ache that doesn’t go away. The pain may also be accompanied by swelling, redness, or tenderness in the breast. Women should remember that breast pain may have other causes besides implant rupture, such as infection or injury, so seeing a doctor for assessment is always advised.
Visible rippling or wrinkling
If the implant ruptures, the filling may leak into the surrounding tissue, causing visible rippling or wrinkling on the skin’s surface. Rippling or wrinkling is more common in women with saline implants than individuals with silicone implants. Visible rippling or wrinkling can also result from implant placement or inadequate tissue coverage.
Hardening of the breast
Capsular contracture, or hardening of the breast, is a severe symptom of implant rupture. The body’s immune response to the leaked filling can cause the scar tissue around the implant to thicken and harden, resulting in a distorted breast shape. Capsular contracture can also cause discomfort, pain, and restricted movement in the affected breast.
Screening for rupture
Health experts recommend magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screenings for silicone breast implants 3 years after the procedure and 2 years after the first screening. Some health insurance plans may cover screenings, but not always. An ultrasound or MRI can detect a rupture, providing a valuable tool for monitoring breast health and identifying potential issues.
If a rupture occurs, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove the affected implant and replace the implant with a new one. During the procedure, the surgeon may also address any underlying issues, such as capsular contracture or infection. In some cases, antibiotics or other medications may be prescribed to treat infection or inflammation.
Prioritizing your breast health
Implants can enhance physical appearance and boost self-confidence. However, individuals should be aware of the potential risks and complications associated with breast implants, including implant rupture. Understanding the symptoms of implant rupture and knowing when to seek medical attention are crucial steps in safeguarding breast health and ensuring optimal cosmetic surgery outcomes.