A woman who has undergone breast augmentation to enhance her appearance and body image may experience a significant quality of life boost from the procedure.

But what happens when the implant breaks?

Breast implant rupture presents significant challenges for women and their physicians. Here is what you should know about the signs of a ruptured breast implant and what to do if you recognize the symptoms of this condition.

1. Asymmetrical Breasts

If you notice one of your breasts becoming somewhat misshapen or noticeably lopsided in comparison to the other, it could be a ruptured breast implant symptoms.

This typically occurs due to the loss of structural integrity within the silicone or saline implant, causing the contents to escape and leave behind a deflated appearance.

It is important to recognize these signs early as breast implants can rupture from anything from improper placement to wear and tear due to its age. 

2. Change in Breast Size

Signs of a ruptured breast implant and what to do about it can vary by individual, but one of the most common and easily detectable is a change in the size of the breast.

A rupture may cause the breast to suddenly become smaller or larger, or there may be a visible change in the contour of the implant. In some cases, the implant may feel lumpy or distorted. 

3. Breast Pain and Tenderness

Breast pain and tenderness are common signs of a ruptured breast implant, which is when the implant sleeve surrounding the device is compromised, allowing the filler material to leak out.

Breast pain can range from mild to severe and may be tender to the touch. It is important to pay attention to any sign of lethargy or fever, as this could indicate an infection. 

4. Lumps or Ripples in Your Breast

One of the most common signs of a ruptured breast implant is the presence of lumps or ripples in the breast. While lumps can be caused by a variety of conditions, they are especially noticeable around a breast implant.

If a person notices lumps or ripples in their breast that was not present prior to getting a breast implant, they should seek the help of a doctor immediately.

It is important to determine whether or not an implant has ruptured or if the lumps or ripples are caused by other conditions. Should a rupture be confirmed, the implant will need to be removed and replaced.

Depending on the situation, you may need additional surgery, such as:

  • capsule
  • pocket revision

The doctor may suggest a breast lift, augmentation, or both, if necessary. Regardless of which treatment option you choose, the highly trained surgeons, specifically on breast revision at Corpus Plastic Surgery, are here to help you achieve the most successful outcome possible.

Avoid Ruptured Breast Implant Now

It is important to recognize the signs of a ruptured breast implant so you can seek out medical attention immediately.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your surgeon promptly to assess the condition of your implant and discuss any necessary treatment. Don't delay. Take care of your health today!

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