Although a ruptured breast implant does not pose any significant health concerns, a leak can cause the breasts to appear deflated and detract from a patient's appearance. Furthermore, when a leaking implant is left untreated for an extended time, it can make replacing it more complicated. If your saline or silicone implant has ruptured, Dr. David Passaretti can remove and replace it during breast implant deflation revision surgery at our Darien, CT, plastic surgery office. While replacing your implants, Dr. Passaretti can also make adjustments to further enhance the appearance of your bust line. Contact our practice today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Passaretti.
Saline implant ruptures: When a saline implant ruptures, it is usually evident almost immediately, as the liquid saltwater solution leaks out quickly and is absorbed by the body. After a saline implant begins to deflate, the breast pocket where the implant resided will start to heal back together. As time passes, it becomes more difficult to recreate this space for a new implant. Patients with a ruptured saline implant should seek treatment as soon as possible in order to minimize potential complications.
Silicone implant ruptures: When a silicone implant has ruptured, it is more difficult to tell since the silicone filling can remain coagulated together for a much longer period of time. Often, women with silicone implants will not realize that their implant has ruptured until a doctor identifies a leak during a routine breast examination or mammogram. Others will notice that the implant begins to feel different. When left untreated, a leaking silicone implant can begin to irritate surrounding tissue.
When planning breast implant deflation revision surgery, one of the most important considerations involves whether or not to replace both implants, even if only one is leaking. While replacing both may not be required, it is often recommended in order to ensure that the breasts are uniform in appearance. Additionally, many patients use revision surgery as a chance to change the type or profile of implant to achieve their goals.
To begin your revision surgery, we will first remove the deflated implant. The remaining procedure is very similar to breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Passaretti will place the implant either above the pectoral muscle (subglandular) or below it (submuscular) and position it to achieve completely natural-looking results before closing the incisions. Following surgery, patients should rest for a few days and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. In general, you should expect to follow recommendations similar to those given during recovery from breast augmentation.
Breast implant deflation should be addressed as soon as possible, particularly if you have saline implants. Dr. Passaretti has extensive experience performing implant deflation revision surgery to restore his patients' bust lines. If you think your breast implant may have ruptured, contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.