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How Long Should a Ruptured Saline Implant Stay in My Body?

Posted March 05, 2013 By: The Office of Birmingham Specialists

Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world, providing women the ability to enhance the size and shape of their chest. Although uncommon, there are a few instances where patients can experience a complication known as an implant rupture. If an individual experiences a saline implant rupture, then they should contact a plastic surgeon as quickly as possible.

Causes of a Rupture

The exact cause of a saline implant rupture cannot be attributed to just one reason. However, individuals have been known to experience implant ruptures following certain occurrences, such as:

  • Excessive pressure on the implant due to intense physical activity
  • Normal aging of the implant shell
  • Complications during insertion of implants

Signs of a Rupture

If a saline implant ruptures, it will begin to leak and eventually go flat. A noticeable difference will appear in the symmetry of the breasts, and a lack of volume in the breast with the ruptured implant will be evident.

What Should I Do if an Implant Ruptures?

If your saline implant ruptures, the first thing you should do is stay calm and not panic. Although the salt water solution in a saline implant is harmless to your body, the sooner you get in touch with a plastic surgeon the better. (Saline implants are filled with a salt water solution, so the body will safely absorb any leakage that happens during a rupture.) If you wait too long, scar tissue can tighten around the ruptured implant (capsular contracture) which may create the need for additional work in order to remove the damaged implant.

Overall, you should have a ruptured implant removed as soon as possible in order to prevent further problems.

When you come into our Alabama practice, we will be sure to discuss every available option and take care of your individual needs. If you would like to schedule an initial consultation with either of our board certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Robert I. Oliver, Jr. or Dr. Jason M. Jack, please call Plastic Surgery Specialists at (205) 298-8660 today. We look forward to your visit!