At my Naperville area cosmetic surgery practice, many breast augmentation patients considering silicone gel implants have asked me about “silent” breast implant rupture. Unlike saline breast implant rupture, which is naturally absorbed by the body but usually causes a noticeable change in the size and shape of the breast, breast implant rupture with silicone gel often goes unnoticed. That”s because the new generation of silicone gel breast implants are more cohesive than those of the past, meaning that a woman may have no symptoms of breakage. Gel implants will not “leak” or change in size or shape if the implant shell is punctured. Even though the implants don”t alter in appearance, it is still very important to have your breasts examined if you suspect a silent rupture. If the implant is torn or broken, it may irritate the surrounding tissue and cause future complications. Implant rupture is rare, but can be caused by factors such as:
- Trauma (such as an automobile accident)
- Mechanical damage prior to or during surgery
- Normal implant wear and tear
It”s important to remember that breast implants are not meant to be permanent devices. While many women have no complications and do not need to replace their implants, the FDA recommends regular MRI screenings to diagnose and prevent problems.