Ruptured Breast Implants


What do you do if your implant ruptures?  Usually it is not an emergency, but patients usually are very eager to have their breasts are stored to the normal volume they had prior to the rupture.  Usually the exchange of the implant is a very simple operation for women to undergo an much easier than the original augmentation surgery because there is no additional muscular work that is typically needed at all.  Usually the capsule or the scar that surrounds the implant needs to be removed or modified to restore the shape to the breast.  Often it is the capsule itself that causes the implant to rupture.

A breast capsule is a scar that forms around the implant.  This scar is a natural phenomenon that the body forms around any foreign body at all inside you whether it is a piece of glass under your skin or a piece of pencil lead in your hand or a pacemaker or breast implant.  Usually the capsule at forms is soft and is entirely not noticeable to you.  But in some patients the scar can thicken.  The healing cells, the fibroblasts, are the scar forming cells and within these cells there are microscopic clusters of involuntary muscle.  This muscle within the scar tissue then contracts or tightens and ultimately can tighten around the implant in your body’s attempt to try to push this implant out of your body.  Your body is trying to push the implant out just as it would push out a piece of glass or a piece of pencil lead under your skin out of your skin.  This is exactly the same phenomenon that occurs with breast implants.

When a saline implant ruptures it typically is not from trauma.  The rupture is from the capsule to tightens around the implant causing folds in the implant.  As you walk around doing your normal activities of daily living these little folds then rub back-and-forth continuously and ultimately create a hole in the implant.  It is very rare, and I have not seen any breast implant whether it is saline or silicone that is ruptured as a result of trauma.  Dr. Jacobsen has never had the experience of seeing of breast implant rupture from a car accident or from a fall.  Dr. Jacobsen has had patients that have had severe trauma to their chest and their implants are intact despite rib fractures that may have occurred right directly adjacent to the implant after a motor vehicle accident for instance.

So, the saline implants are quite resilient as are the gel implants.

Dr. Jacobsen has seen many women over the years that have had chronic rupture of their implants and they have been unaware of this.  Usually at this point the implant is entirely deflated of the saline fluid and the implant is folded up much like if you held in your hand and punched it up into your hand.  The body forms the capsule around it separating it from the rest of your body.  In this way generally, the ruptured implant is not harmful to you.

Please feel free to have a look at our page for Dr. Jacobsen’s breast implant recommendations to learn more about Dr. Jacobsen’s approach.

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  • review rating 5  I had many complications with my body healing from surgery, and Dr. Jacobsen demonstrated patience, resourcefulness, vigilance, and compassion. Here are a few specific things he did to help with my healing: he had me email him twice a day with pictures of my incisions so he could monitor, provide feedback and directions, and adjust his care for me as needed; he was always quick to respond to my emails and questions; he met me in his office on a Saturday during a holiday weekend to care for me during an important time in my healing; he provided regular and specific directions to my husband as he cared for me at home with the complications. His compassion and reassuring nature were valued as I put my confidence in his expertise to help me through this difficult time. I appreciate him greatly and give him the highest rating with no hesitations. His staff were also extremely helpful. Don't be bothered about calling the office and leaving a message (when someone doesn't answer) or emailing the office; they are very quick to respond with a phone call or email and this is part of their daily business routines, which allows them to care for their patients in person AND to those reaching out to them for miscellaneous reasons. This was different at first for me but I quickly adjusted, understanding their reasons and seeing their quick responses to me. The staff also worked seamlessly with my insurance company, a medical equipment company who came to my home three times a week to monitor and help with the healing process, and with the needed paperwork for my employment. I was always treated with respect, sensitivity, compassion, and excellent care.

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  • review rating 5  I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. J to anyone in need of a Plastic Surgeon! I had a breast augmentation and everything from the initial contact to pre operation, to the VERY successful surgury, to post operation and very caring recovering...it was all such a positive experience. The staff and Dr. J himself were so helpful and answered all of my questions promptly, putting me at ease. Even 10 days after my Surgery when I had concerns, Dr. J responded to my email quickly, even though it was on a holiday. Choose Dr. J for you plastic surgery needs. You will NOT be sorry!

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    12/02/2019
  • review rating 5  Dr. Jacobsen and the entire staff are amazing! My 44 year old breast implants had been rupture for probably years without me knowing and an MRI confirmed. After consulting with four other surgeons, I chose Dr. Jacobsen because he is so kind and two of my friends were very happy with outcomes of their surgeries. My plan was to have the implants removed, a lift, and absolutely no new implants! Well, two days before my surgery my husband and friends convinced me that I would not be happy with my appearance. I caved and elected to have an implant exchange. My final words to Dr. Jacobsen were to make sure I wasn’t too large! Dr. Jacobsen delivered and I have smaller and higher breast that change my entire profile. The final result is amazing!! Dr. Jacobsen and his lovely staff have been professional, caring, patient, and an absolute joy to work with:)

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    11/17/2019
  • review rating 5  My wife recently had cosmetic surgery by Dr. Jacobsen (Dr. J as he is known). Several other physicians we know recommended him. He is very compassionate and caring and has a very easy to navigate website that very educational regarding his services and pricing. The experience was very positive and she and I are very satisfied with the outcome at this early two week post surgery date. He does his surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Outpatient Surgery Center in Phoenix and it is obvious that the nursing and other staff there hold Dr. J in high regard. He is a humble man who really wants to learn how he can help you. There are posters and awards on display in his office that indicate he is well respected in the greater Phoenix area. His office staff are very thorough and quick to respond to emailed questions.

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    11/10/2019
  • review rating 5  I went to Dr. Jacobsen a few weeks ago for surgery on a keloid scar I had on my chest that was ugly and slightly painful. He removed that awful scar and it looks great now, it’s only a few weeks but I can already see a huge difference in the healing process. The procedure was also painless and he was great!

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