Breast augmentation can help many women achieve their desired breast size through the use of either saline or silicone breast implants. While implants can enhance the appearance of your bust, unfortunately, they are not meant to last forever.
Implant rupture is a common complication that occurs when there is trauma to the outer shell of the implant, causing the inner volumizing solution to fill your breast pocket, as well as causing swelling and discomfort. Fortunately, Dr. Andreasen performs breast implant revision to remove your ruptured implants and restore your breasts to an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Finding the Leak
Implant failure occurs differently with saline and silicone implants due to their composition. Saline implants are generally filled with saline or sterile saltwater solution. Saline implants tend to deflate quickly, so ruptures fairly easy to identify. Silicone implants that have ruptured are usually less noticeable because the silicone gel may stay within the implant shell for some time. The only reliable way to know if your silicone implants have ruptured is through an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
Follow Up With Your Surgeon
There are a few signs and symptoms you should look out for, including:
- Change in breast shape and size
- Breast pain or discomfort
- Hardening of the breasts
- Swelling and soreness
If you are experiencing these or any other symptoms, chances are that your implants may have ruptured. Make sure to immediately contact your plastic surgeon to prevent further complications. Following up with your surgeon can also ensure no other complications have occurred after your breast augmentation surgery. If you have silicone breast implants, it is recommended that you get an MRI three years following your breast procedure.
Treating Your Ruptured Implants
Breast implant revision is a surgical procedure that addresses changes in your breasts that have developed as a result of complications like implant rupture or capsular contracture. During your surgery, an incision will be made and the affected implant will be carefully removed from your chest. If capsular contracture has occurred, both the implant and scar tissue will be taken out. You will have the option of replacing your implants with new ones or part ways with them for good.
If you would like to know more about breast implant revision surgery, contact our office at (909) 291-4900 or schedule a consultation online today!
The myths surrounding breast implants may make you think twice about considering a breast augmentation. There certainly are plenty of people online who provide false or inaccurate information that may feel frightening and may lead you to believe that a breast augmentation will put your health at risk. The most popular question we hear is, “Are breast implants safe?”
Well, we are here to answer just that.
Breast Augmentation Popularity and Satisfaction
For starters, breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, with over 300,000 surgeries performed each year. According to a survey conducted by Real Patient Ratings, over 84 percent of patients give their breast augmentation five stars, with only three percent giving the procedure a three-star rating or below. Chances are breast augmentation wouldn’t be so popular or highly rated if there was a serious, immediate medical concern.
FDA Approval of Silicone Implants
If during your research you’ve discovered that silicone breast implants were only FDA approved in 2006, you might be wondering why it took so long for them to gain approval. The fact is, when silicone implants were first introduced in the 70s and 80s, people feared that there would be adverse effects if silicone implants leaked into the body. Throughout the 90s, studies were conducted to see if silicone implants had a connection to autoimmune disorders. In 1996, it was determined that there was no significant link. The FDA gave approval to Allergan and Mentor Corporation for their silicone implants in 2006.
No Links to Breast Cancer
Studies have been performed over the years trying to determine if there is a relationship between having breast implants and developing breast cancer. There has yet to be a significant study linking breast implants to cancer risks. Women with breast implants are no more likely to develop breast cancer than women without.
Getting Checked for Breast Cancer
Personal risk factors can increase your chances of developing breast cancer. Age, genetics, and ethnicity all play a significant role in your risk for breast cancer. If your doctor has determined that you may be at an increased risk for breast cancer, it is important you undergo routine screenings. Mammograms are still effective for women with breast implants, just inform your technician.
Maintain Contact With Your Surgeon
It is important that you go to all of your follow-up appointments after your breast augmentation. This ensures that your breasts are healing properly and that you aren’t developing an infection. If you follow your post-op instructions correctly, you shouldn’t need to see your surgeon for about 10 years, which is when an implant replacement evaluation is recommended.
If you have any questions about breast implant safety or want more information about the breast augmentation process, schedule a consultation with Dr. Andreasen today. You can call our office at 909-291-4900 or contact us online.