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  • Can breast implants rupture and what happens if they do?

    Breast implants can potentially rupture, with a quoted lifetime incidence of between 1-2%. The cause of this is typically unknown and it’s not as though your physical actions would contribute to this happening. It can happen within 6 months after surgery or many years later. If ruptured breast implants do occur, it’s not something which actually causes problems – you don’t develop any pain or issues like that. Indeed, often the woman doesn’t even know if they have a ruptured implant. Of course, a skilled plastic surgeon can tell if this has happened. Basically, a ruptured implant is not a medical problem and is not going to cause you any health problems. So it is not a problem that warrants “urgent” treatment.

    The key signs that you may have ruptured breast implants are if your breast has lost a bit of shape, especially with a loss in upper pole fullness. Also, when lying on your back, the breast with the ruptured implant often has a loss of projection and appears quite flat. And, when you feel a breast with a ruptured implant, it has a very soft doughy feel to it.
    If a ruptured implant is suspected, then an ultrasound and/or MRI should be done for completeness.

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