If you have suffered from have a ruptured breast prosthesis: then our specialist Dr. Salvador answers all your questions.
The first thing that comes to mind when faced with this issue may be panic or fear as most patients think that the silicone in the implant is going to move around inside the body
The first thing that comes to mind when faced with this issue may be panic or fear as most patients think that the silicone in the implant is going to move around inside the body causing various alterations, so in this article today with excellent insight from Dr. Salvador we inform you on what he advises on this topic.
THE BREAST IMPLANT IS NOT FOR A LIFETIME
It is very common to find patients who think or have been told at the time of surgery that breast implants are for a lifetime. This is categorically FALSE, they are NOT FOR A LIFETIME.
Implants can break due to stress and wear and tear of the material they are made of and in fact, statistics show rates of around 10% of this occur after 10 years of the implant.
SO DO THEY HAVE TO BE REPLACED AFTER 10 YEARS?
This is not true either… The fact that they break frequently after 10 years does not mean that they always have to be replaced at that time. The most common procedure is to carry out an ultrasound check-up of the implant every one or two years. With this simple technique, which we use in all our patients’ check-ups, we can detect almost 90% of implant ruptures. Another small percentage will require an MRI diagnosis.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY IMPLANTS ARE RUPTURED?
Clinically you may not notice anything at all. They are usually soft breasts, without capsular contracture and without apparent pain or deformity.
Ultrasound or MRI are the techniques that will give us the exact diagnosis. When a patient comes to us with a diagnosis of rupture, the medical advice is to replace the implants as soon as possible.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T REPLACE THE RUPTURED IMPLANTS?
In the long term, the silicone in the implant will leak out of its shell through the rupture zone, the fissure, or the pore. The presence of a foreign object causes a tissue reaction which usually produces a capsule around the implant. Initially, the silicone will lodge between the implant and the capsule; this is called intracapsular rupture. When the silicone crosses the capsule and comes out of it, it goes through the lymphatic vessels towards the axillary, supraclavicular, cervical, mediastinal nodes, etc. It tends to form siliconomas, enlarged lymph nodes that appear to be filled with silicone.
WHY DOES BREAKAGE OF BREAST IMPLANTS OCCUR?
The aging and wear of the material eventually cause it to break. We know that implants need great traumatisms to break; for example, traffic accidents with blows on the dashboard or with the seat belt; but the majority of breakages are due to micro-traumatisms in implants, especially retro pectoral ones. Continuous wear and tear cause breakage.
Even implants suffer folds on their surface that over the years and due to continuous friction, end up causing breakage.
HOW AN IMPLANT RUPTURE IS TREATED
Obviously, the patient must undergo a surgical procedure to remove the ruptured implant, clean the silicone breast pocket, and where indicated, remove the siliconeomas that have formed.
The patient will have to decide whether to replace her implants with new ones or to remove them definitively. In the latter cases, we can offer techniques such as mastopexy to reshape the breast or fat transfer to fill the lost volume.
COVERAGE EXISTS FOR IMPLANT RUPTURE.
This is a question to take into account when preparing the surgery budget. Most commercial companies cover the rupture of implants either uni or bilaterally, but there is no consensus between them and they also differ in the age of the implants (implants older or younger than 10 years).
So if you want a closer look at why breast implant removal surgery may be needed, and the risks, costs, and considerations of the procedure then please do not think twice and give Dr. Salvador a call.
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