Seattle Plastic Surgery Center

What should you do if your breast implants rupture or deflate?

First, call Dr. Grenley at Seattle Plastic Surgery right away!

Breast implants can be covered under warranty, which might help you with the replacement cost.

A ruptured saline implants carries no health risk, but it will certainly look and feel strange. If you have silicone implants, the only way to diagnose the problem is by MRI.

There are many different possible causes of breast implant failure. In some cases, the problem occurs when the implants are filled above or below the manufacturerâ??s recommended fill range. Other times, texturing of a saline implant can result in excessive wrinkling and premature wear, causing the implant to fail. Breast implant deflation can even be caused by simple wear and tear, and your lifestyle definitely plays a role in how long your breast implants will last.

A deflated implant can be successfully removed and replaced in a surgical procedure similar to the original breast augmentation. Typically the same breast augmentation incision is used to approach the deflated implant.

While all this might seem like a hassle, the good news is that recovery from breast implant exchange surgery is usually easier than the original surgery, since the pectoralis muscle has already been stretched.