I Think I Broke It: When Breast Implants Leak


Implant Deflation and Rupture

Both silicone and saline implants will occasionally develop a hole and leak into the breast. But how these leaks show themselves and how they are corrected differs greatly. In either case, seeking medical advice and treatment, usually a second breast augmentation surgery, is absolutely essential in protecting your health.

When a saline implant develops a leak, the saline moves outside the implant and into your breast, and since it is a natural fluid, it is fully absorbed into the body. When this happens, your breast will shrink fairly rapidly, alerting you to the problem. Call your doctor and schedule an appointment to discuss your options. In some cases the implant can be repaired and refilled, in others a second cosmetic surgerywill be required to replace the damaged implant. The causes of breast deflation are not entirely known, but statistics show that the less fluid is in the implant the more likely it is to deflate. Overfilling the implant can actually reduce the risk of a repeated cosmetic surgery. This may be true because the less full the implant the more likely it is to crease with body movement and develop a weak spot, which will eventually tear.

Silicon implants develop leaks for all the same reasons and in the same way as the saline implants. But, when silicon implants develop a leak it can be significantly harder to tell. This is because the silicone gel remains in the breast, and continues to create fullness, because it cannot be absorbed by the body. Often the body’s response to this foreign matter is the first sign that there is a problem. The rupture then appears as inflammation or capsular contracture. Treatment involves removal of the irritated tissue, leaked silicone and original implant, and be replaced by inserting a new implant.

Although there are no specific reasons as to why a breast implant might leak, there are few mechanisms that are known to cause a breast-implant rupture. The suspected mechanisms include:
  1. Damage during surgical procedures, those which occurred while performing other surgical process.
  2. Damage during implantation
  3. Traumatic injury such as penetration trauma, blunt trauma or blast trauma
  4. Chemical degradation of breast implants shell. For instance, extensive smoking can cause corrosion of the implant resulting in degradation
  5. Mechanical pressure, any external and extensive physical pressure can cause a rupture in the implant. Even a traditional mammographic breast exam can create a leak
This Guest post was written by: Rod Kelly

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