Is It Safe If My Implant Bursts or Leaks?

Perhaps one of the biggest fears that women have about breast implants is that they will rupture, burst or leak. This is a fear that is all too often exaggerated in popular culture, causing some women to rethink their decision to have breast implants.

This fear of bursting or leaking implants has less to do with whether or not it will happen, but more to do with the results of such a leak. Women are concerned that the contents of the implant will have an adverse effect on their body.

The truth is breast implants made from the highest quality material that greatly reduces the likelihood that they would ever burst or rupture. The shells are strong and durable as is the silicone gel. Even if an implant were to break for some reason, the silicone gel is strong enough that it would not leak as one might imagine. It is actually designed to hold its shape in a way that would not allow for leaking.

On very rare occasions, some women have had a silicone breast implant rupture and not even realize it for several months. This is because the silicone held its shape and did not leak into the body. Even when the silicone did come in direct contact with body tissue, it did not cause issues or illness.

Other breast implants are filled with saline, which is salt water. Saline is easily absorbed by our bodies and poses no threat. It’s usually easier to tell when a saline implant as burst because the absorption of the saline will cause a change in shape and size of the breast.

Choosing between saline and silicone breast implants is part of the process a patient will go through when meeting with Dr. Richard J. Brown. Depending on the physical qualities of your breasts and your desired outcome, Dr. Brown will work with you in choosing the best option.

If you have breast implants and you feel like you may have a rupture or burst, it’s best to see your doctor as soon as possible to figure out how to repair or replace the implant.

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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown, please give us a call at ​480-568-3804.