An estimated two million women in the United States have implants, with 250,000 to 340,000 women opting for other plastic surgery procedures each year. It’s no wonder we are seeing so many turning to plastic surgery to enhance their natural beauty; it is safer and more affordable than ever before.
As a team of plastic and cosmetic surgeons, it is extremely important to us that you are well informed about breast augmentation and any figure-enhancing procedure, for that matter.
Breast implants are flexible silicone shells that are either filled with silicone or saline. Silicone implants arrive sealed from the manufacturer whereas saline ones arrive either filled or unfilled.
The unfilled saline implants can be inserted through tiny incisions that leave virtually no scars. If you’ve never heard of the no scar breast augmentation, ask us!
Are Breast Implants Safe?
Breast implants are very safe so long as they stay sealed. Older silicone implants should be replaced if they are older than 15 years or so. If it’s been awhile since you had your breast augmentation, come in for a free check up on the health of your breast implants. There is a real risk of ruptures if they are older than 10 years.
What If My Breast Implant Ruptures?
If your silicone implant ruptures, it will deflate at a much slower pace than a saline one. If the silicone leaks out into your body, it can lead to health problems, both right away and even into the future. It should be removed immediately if it is leaking.
Symptoms of a ruptured breast implant may include:
- Change in the size or shape of your breast
- Pain or burning
- Bleeding or bruising
It is important to contact your plastic surgeon right away if you think that your implant has ruptured so it can be removed. In the case of a saline breast implant that has leaked, there could be mold, fungus, or bacteria inside. You may already be feeling the effects of an infection in the breast or a systemic infection in the body. Either way, it needs to be removed immediately.
Risks of Breast Implants
Though uncommon, some of the possible additional risks involved with breast implants include:
- Capsular contracture
- Loss of nipple sensation
- Ripping or tearing of the implant
Call My New York Breast Augmentation Centers for Help
If you experience any of these issues with your breast implants, then we strongly advise you to call your plastic surgeon immediately. If you are in New York, please call our breast augmentation offices in NYC at 212.206.0023 or in Long Island at 631.499.1831.
We want your experience to be the best it can be. Our team will explain how to remedy this urgent situation and help you feel completely comfortable with whatever decision you make.
Patients interested in learning more about breast implant ruptures also read this related blog post.
To Helping You Stay Healthy and Beautiful,
The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team