What to do if something happens to your breast implants?

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The self-confidence and satisfaction some women feel after breast augmentation is often shattered when something goes wrong with the breast implants. So if you are contemplating breast augmentation, be sure to ask your surgeon about any possible complications, so that you know what to do if something happens to your breast implants.

What to do about Breast Implant Complications

The rupture of the breast implants and capsular contracture, are among the most common breast implant complications.

When saline breast implants rupture there is a noticeable difference in the shape and size of the breast, as the saline leaks quickly, and the breast deflates. The saline is absorbed by the body, but this does not usually cause any complications.

A ruptured silicone breast implant is not as easily detected, as most times there are no obvious signs. In some cases the gel remains within the layer of scar tissue that often forms around the implants. However, the silicone can also drain to other parts of the body, so it’s important to have it removed as soon as the rupture has been confirmed. An MRI scan is usually done to verify a ruptured silicone breast implant.

If you suspect that your silicone breast implant has torn, consult your plastic surgeon immediately, so that an MRI can be done to rule out or confirm it. The implant can then be removed.

Capsular contracture is another complication that may arise with breast implants. It refers to the thickening of the scar tissue that surrounds the implant. The condition normally requires surgical correction to remove the capsule.

If you’d like to learn more about what to do if something happens to your breast implants, contact Dr. Sean Doherty in Concord, MA. Dr. Doherty also serves patients in the greater Boston area. Call 978-369-4499 for a consultation.