Ruptured Breast Implants

Implants can occasionally rupture. If it is a saline implant it will rupture and the saline contents which are entirely safe within will be absorbed by your body. Your breasts will very quickly overnight loose its volume and all you will have left is the shell of the implant that is generally folded up and to be felt through the skin of the breast. This usually leads to patients coming to Dr. Jacobsen to have their implant replaced. Dr. Jacobsen replace his both implants whenever one has to be replaced for a rupture to ensure that both are equal and have the same softness and feel to them.

It is very rare, and Dr. Jacobsen has never seen these implants rupture from trauma. He has had multiple patient’s that had very severe traumatic episodes and their implants survive these terrible blows. The saline and silicone breast implant can be placed on the floor and one can stand on the implant and it will not rupture. The implant ruptures because of the capsule contracture. The capsular contracture is scar tissue that forms around the breast implant they can thicken and slowly tighten around the implant creating a compressive force around the implant which then creates folds in the implant. The folds in the implant then scissor and rub against each other as you walk around in a small hole was then created in the implant and this leads to the rupture. It is very rarely traumatic in nature. Dr. Jacobsen has seen women in terrible car accidents and their implants do not rupture even though they may have fractured ribs. Dr. Jacobsen has seen people that have had their chest stomped on by a horse that block them off creating rib fractures and the implant does not rupture. Certainly, it is possible for trauma to create rupture of the implant, but it is quite rare. For the most part ruptured implants are created by capsular contractures of the breast. Therefore it is important to avoid capsular contracture of the breast or to have capsular contracture corrected before the implants rupture. If a silicone implant ruptures it ruptures within the capsule. In other words, the contents of the gel of the gel implant stay within the scar capsule around the implant and do not spread throughout the body. If you have a ruptured breast implant the standard in this country is to have the implant removed and replaced or removed entirely. It is not an emergency but should be done promptly. When a silicone gel breast implant ruptures you generally will not know. This is because the capsular the scar around the implant contains all the silicone gel and the breast volume size does not change at all. As a result, you look generally just the same as he did before and feel just the same as before the rupture. Rupture of the silicone gel implant is usually asymptomatic and discovered on a computed tomography scan or a magnetic resonance imaging or an ultrasound by your doctor and then you are alerted to this problem. On the other hand, this saline implant if it ruptures you will see a meaningful change in the following of your breast almost immediately.

See the images below which show that these implants can be pulled and twisted and turned and will not acutely rupture. Dr. Jacobsen often puts one of these gel implants on the floor and stands on it with his body weight over 200 pounds and it does not rupture. They are quite safe.

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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