Breasts are considered one of the sexiest parts of a woman’s body.  Some women who lack volume in the breasts may feel self-conscious and ashamed about the way they look.  As a result, many women today are looking to plastic surgery for breast augmentation.  This surgery has become one of the most  popular ways for women to physically enhance their figure.

Even though breast implants have become an almost routine procedure and the implants themselves have a life expectancy of about 10 to 15 years, patients may experience a breast implant rupture or tear before it’s time to replace them.

Breast implant ruptures can happen for any number of reasons, including trauma, harm from surgical tools during a lumpectomy, or a physical defect in the implant.

Ruptures are more likely to happen the older the implant is.  This is why we think it is crucial to explain about what to do if your breast implant ruptures.

Types of Breast Implant Ruptures that Can Occur

Advice about ruptured breast implants from our NYC and Long Island centers.Ruptures can happen with silicone and saline implants alike.  There are a few different types of ruptures that could happen.  A silent rupture is a rupture that doesn’t show any symptoms and requires diagnostic imaging, such as an MRI, to know if it is truly leaking.  Determining whether an implant is leaking is especially important if you have silicone gel implants.

A symptomatic rupture is more noticeable than a silent rupture and comes with a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Change in the size or shape of your breast
  • Pain or burning in the breast
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Fever

What to Do if Your Breast Implant Ruptures

Be prepared ahead of time with an action plan in case your implant ever ruptures.  One of the things you can do is to purchase a warranty for coverage after surgery so that you can have the implant replaced, free of charge, should the implant rupture due to a defect in the material.  The other suggestion we can make is to have a sum of money saved away in case the rupture occurs and is not covered by your warranty.

It is very critical to remove a ruptured or leaking silicone or saline implant as soon as possible.  This is because saline implants can sometimes be infested with bacteria or mold and can make you very sick.

You will need to call your plastic surgeon right away to schedule what is called an “explantation surgery”, also known as a breast implant removal.

Usually, a ruptured breast implant is harmless.  But in rare cases, you can get breast implant toxicity.  If you feel sick after your breast implant has ruptured with symptoms including exhaustion, nausea, numbness in your hands or feet, hair loss, or other symptoms, then you should see a doctor right away.

If you do need to have your breast implant removed, again, many manufacturers such as Mentor and Allergan offer extended warranties on breast implants that can cover a rupture or leak for up to 10 years.  I highly recommend purchasing this protection.

Call Our Breast Implants Centers in NYC or Long Island for Help

Feel free to call us any time to ask about warranty options or whether your implant needs to be removed and replaced with a new one.  It is important to learn what to do right away if you suspect that an implant has broken; do not put it off!

NYC: 212.206.0023

Long Island: 631.499.1831


To Staying Safe with Saline and Silicone,

The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team