Breast implant surgery is an effective procedure to increase the size and add projection and shape to the breasts. The implants are artificial devices and are inserted and placed into the breasts through incisions. No matter what type of implants you get, they need to be removed or replaced at some point in time.
Most breast implant producers say their implants have a minimum life cycle of ten years. However, most women say their implants last for more than ten years. Keep in mind, however, that breast implants are not permanent objects. You’ll have to remove or replace them when they rupture or leak. The implants will age naturally after the first ten years or they will ultimately break or leak. A ruptured or leaking breast implant does not pose any health risks.
According to one study, all breast implants that are more than fifteen years old may have leaked or ruptured. Many patients ask how they would know that their breast implants have ruptured. To know the answer, you should keep in mind that there are two major breast implant types: saline and silicone implants. The saline implant is made of a silicone shell that is filled with a saline solution after inserting it into the breasts. On the other hand, the silicone implant is made of a silicone shell that comes pre-filled with silicone gel.
When breast implants get ruptured, it does not create chemical problems. Instead, it leads to physical problems, meaning the changes may be evident. For example, when the saline implant ruptures, it can cause the breast shape to change. On the other hand, when the silicone implant ruptured, lumps may develop in and around the breasts.
When a silicone breast implant ruptures, it is challenging to diagnose the condition. The effects of the rupture are not evident and are very slow to come to the fore. To know whether your silicone breast implant has ruptured, you should get an MRI. Plastic surgeons and even the FDA recommend that you should get an MRI three years after breast implant surgery and then every two years after. The MRI can efficiently detect a ruptured breast implant.
On the other hand, when a saline breast implant ruptures, the breasts will deflate or experience physical changes immediately. If you have a saline breast implant and one or both of your breasts suddenly change in shape or collapse, it means the implants have ruptured. The risk of saline breast implant rupture increases ten years after surgery.
When implant rupture occurs, the saline solution is naturally absorbed by your body, which is sterile salt water and poses no risk to your health. It does not lead to the development of lumps. When the rupture happens, you should immediately get it treated through implant removal or replacement.