Breast implant surgery involves the use of prosthetic implants to increase the size of the breasts and make them look aesthetically appealing. Breast implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. While breast implants provide effective results, the implants do not last a lifetime.
Breast implants will ultimately rupture or leak at some point. The rupture and leak are more likely to happen ten years after the surgery. No one can tell precisely when the implants may rupture or leak; however, as the implants age, their likelihood of rupture or leak shoots up. Some breast implants can even last for 20 or more years.
Many patients ask what to do after the rupture or leak of breast implants. A ruptured or leaking breast implant cannot be repaired. The only thing you can do after implant rupture or leakage is you can either have the implants removed or replaced. So, how is a ruptured or leaking breast implant removed or replaced?
Well, it happens during revision surgery. Like the original breast implant surgery, the revision surgery is performed under general anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. It entails all the risks and surgical trauma involved in the original breast implant surgery.
After being administered the anesthesia, you will go to sleep, and the surgeon will get down to work. The plastic surgeon will open the incisions that were placed during the initial breast implant surgery. No new incisions will be required. After opening the incision, the doctor will access the breast implant and carefully removed it through the incision. During the process, the surgeon will cut specific tissues and muscles that have covered the implants so the implant can be conveniently removed. The process is traumatic just like the initial surgery.
After removing the ruptured or leaked breast implant, there are two options: the incisions will be sutured and closed, or new implants will be placed in the breasts. Which of these options will be used depending on the patient’s preferences and aesthetic goals. Keep in mind that when new implants are not placed in the breasts, your breasts will not appear aesthetically appealing, prominent, and perky. To get aesthetically appealing breasts, you need to replace the older or ruptured breast implants with new implants.
If you decide not to replace the implants, the surgeon will suture and close the incisions, and you will have to go through a complete recovery process. On the other hand, if you decide to replace the implants, the surgeon will place newer, suitable implants into the breasts and then suture and close the incisions. Here too, the patient must go through a full recovery process so that the incisions heal and the desired aesthetic improvements are achieved. Again, keep in mind that the new implants will ultimately still rupture or leak after 10, 15 or 20 years.