How to Tell if My Body is Rejecting My Implants

Choosing to have breast implants is a big decision; one that requires some careful consideration and a fair amount of research. Women considering breast implants often consider any and all negatives as well as the positives, hoping to feel more alert and knowledgeable before moving forward with the procedure. These negatives typically include scarring, rupturing and rejection of the implants.

It is important to know that there is nothing in a breast implant for our bodies to reject. Implants are either silicone or saline and both are safe enough to be placed in our bodies without fear of rejection. People often think of organ transplants in the body, which can be rejected, and make the mistake of comparing these to breast implants.

Even though our bodies cannot technically “reject” implants, there can be mild irritation felt in the breast after implant surgery as the body works to form a shell around the implant. There may be swelling as well, but this is not uncommon.

There are a few things that you will want to watch for during the first several days after your surgery is complete. These include the following:

  •      Discharge from the location where the implant was introduced
  •      Extreme swelling on one or both sides
  •      Significant increase in sweating during the night
  •      Tenderness or pain
  •      Breasts are hot to the touch and appear red

Even if you should notice one of these symptoms, it does not automatically mean that there is a major issue. It could be a sign of infection that needs to be addressed. You should definitely let your doctor know so that he or she can make a determination if further procedures are necessary.

Formation of Capsules

Our bodies work quickly to adapt to foreign objects, including breast implants. Once an implant is inserted into the body, our immune system begins to develop a membrane that surrounds it. This is absolutely normal and usually causes no issues whatsoever.

As this membrane continues to thicken, a capsule is formed around the implant and begins to contract. This can cause a significant amount of pressure felt in the breasts, causing the breast to become hard. Capsule contraction can be alarming to some women and often gives them the idea that something is wrong or that their body is rejecting the implant. It can begin to develop several months after the surgery.

Related: Will Bigger Implants Result in Stretch Marks? 

If you notice any significant pain, hotness, swelling or any other symptom that makes you feel uncomfortable with your recent breast implant, call Dr. Richard J. Brown right away. We can set up an appointment for you immediately and allow Dr. Brown to thoroughly exam your breasts.

For other questions regarding breast implant procedures or side effects, call ​480-568-3804.