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Breast augmentation is a frequently sought cosmetic procedure that typically meets or exceeds women’s expectations. However, while uncommon, complications, including breast implant rupture, can occur.
When a saline breast implant ruptures, the contents are expelled and safely absorbed into the body. In the past, a tear in the shell of a silicone implant responded much the same way but carried the potential of causing serious illness if the silicone escaped into the body.
The Good News About Silicone Breast Implants
Today, most silicone breast implants contain a cohesive silicone gel that keeps its shape well, reducing the risk of any substantial leakage during a rupture.
Silicone Breast Implant Rupture Statistics in the United States
The risk of silicone breast implant rupture is extremely low within the first three years of the initial procedure except in the case of capsular contracture, another implant complication.
The chances of breast implant rupture increase with their age:
- By year five, 98% of implants are rupture-free
- At ten years, 83% to 85% of implants remain intact
Reducing the Risks Associated With Breast Implant Rupture
Choosing a saline breast implant can reduce your chances of health issues due to an implant rupture. The contents are harmless, spill out immediately, and the condition can be easily identified as the breast will “deflate.”
If a silicone implant develops a tear, it is harder to recognize, so diagnosis requires imaging with an MRI, which may delay treatment.
For this reason, periodic imaging of your silicone breast implants are strongly advised to check for any tears or weakening in the implant shell.
Placement of the implant can also contribute to or help prevent the possibility of rupture. Discuss this with your surgeon at your consultation.
Consider lymphatic drainage massage after receiving breast implants to reduce the risk of complications, including capsular contracture, which increases the chances of an implant rupture.
Fat Transfer to The Breast
Fat transfer to the breast can prevent any chance of rupture since no implant is involved in this natural breast augmentation technique.
This breast enhancement method is ideal if you want a larger bust line and have stubborn fat you’d like to eliminate anywhere on your body.
- Liposuction is used to remove unwanted fat
- The harvested fat is purified
- The purified fat is carefully injected into different areas of the breasts to reshape and increase their size
Breast Augmentation Revision in El Paso, TX
If you suffer from complications after your initial breast implant surgery in El Paso, including capsular contraction and rupture, or you’re unhappy with your results, you can choose to undergo breast augmentation revision surgery to restore or achieve your desired results.
Dr. Frank Agullo is a highly respected, board-certified plastic surgeon dedicated to providing a variety of safe breast augmentation procedures for women in or near El Paso, Texas.