What Happens When Breast Implants Rupture?
Breast implants are the most common way for optimum breast augmentation results. It can give you a fuller breast shape, while still keeping the natural look and feel. With that said, like any other medical surgery, complications can happen after surgery, especially regarding your implants. Implant rupture is one of them.
Implant ruptures happen when the silicone implant shell develops a tear or hole. It causes the silicone gel filling to sip out. The leakage may lead to health risks, so it is important to choose implants with tensile strength and take preventive measures to avoid rupture.
For a better understanding, here’s everything you need to know about implant rupture, from its early signs to the prescribed treatment.
What Causes Implants to Rupture?
There are many possible reasons to cause implants to rupture. With that said, there are three common causes of this complication: pressure, capsular contracture, and the implant itself.
First, when intense physical pressure is applied to your breast area, it can cause the implant to rupture. If your body has undergone physical trauma such as an accident, it’s best to also check if there’s pressure that affected your implants. To some extent, that’s also a reason why physical activity involving the chest muscles are avoided, especially during earlier stages of recovery. Furthermore, the type of undergarments helps you avoid this problem from happening. Make sure that the bra you wear is not too tight, but still gives your breast ample support.
Second, capsular contracture may lead to implant rupture. Capsular contracture is another one of the common complications after breast augmentation. After surgery, a fibrous capsule forms around the implant to keep it in place. However, in some cases, the tissue hardens and tightens around the implant. The intense pressure from the tough capsule causes the rupture.
Lastly, the rupture may be caused by the implant itself. Of course, a lower quality breast implant is more prone to rupture than a more high-quality option. Before your operation, make sure that the implant to be used doesn’t have any defect. More importantly, choose an implant brand that has low rates of rupture and capsular contracture. Also, as the implant ages, its shell becomes weak and is more prone to rupture. So, it’s best to choose a brand that also has a good warranty program, in cases of rupture.
How Does Implant Rupture Affect Your Health?
As mentioned earlier, implant rupture may cause harm to your body and overall health. When silicone implants rupture, it is less noticeable due to the thicker consistency of the silicone gel. It also does not leak out easily.
One sign to know when your implants rupture is observing how your breast looks. Once rupture happens, you would notice a change in your breast’s size and shape. If your breasts look flatter or lopsided, this might mean that there’s a problem with your implants. Also, the leaking may result in rippling or lumps in your breast. Silicone implants are usually full and compact, and wrinkling may be a sign to have your implants checked.
More importantly, implant rupture makes your breasts tender and sensitive. Your breast can harden and swell afterwards, which causes extreme pain. Due to the loss of volume, the rupture can also cause the breasts to sag, resulting in discomfort.
What’s the Treatment for Implant Rupture?
For cases of rupture with silicone implants, it’s harder to decipher with mere observation. Usually, the leak can be detected through an ultrasound or MRI scan. That’s why regular MRI screenings are recommended every 2-3 years.
Once detected, your surgeon will propose a corrective surgery as soon as possible, where the ruptured implant is removed. In cases of capsular contracture, the scar tissue surrounding the implant is also taken out. Furthermore, most surgeons tend to remove both implants, even if only one ruptured.
After removing the implants, you have the choice to replace them or not. In replacement, you can choose to either go with the same type of implants as your previous ones or something different. You may opt to go a size bigger or lower, or a different shape and projection. Make sure to consult with your surgeon about what’s the best and safest option for you.
Motiva® Implants to Avoid Implant Rupture
As mentioned earlier, the right implant brand is crucial in minimizing the risk of implant rupture. A brand that’s making a name not only because of its aesthetic quality but also its safety features is Motiva®.
With years of scientific studies, Motiva®, the 6th generation breast implants, was born. It has several unique, innovative features that allow natural-looking results and lower risks of implant rupture.
Motiva® Breast Implants has a BluSeal® protective layer, which makes sure the implant is 100% intact. Motiva Implants have a protective barrier layer surrounding the whole implant, and BluSeal® verifies its presence. So, it’s easier for your surgeon to identify any gel bleeding or any defect on the implant. BluSeal® has undergone the most rigorous quality and safety standards of the American Society of Testing and Materials and ISO.
Furthermore, Motiva® Breast Implants have a TrueMonobloc® configuration. TrueMonobloc® is a multilayer system that links all implant components (gel, shell, and patch), creating a unified structure. The said configuration helps the implant to be tensile and sturdy. Also, it makes the implant insertion process through a smaller incision (2.5cm to 3cm) easier. As a result, there is less pain, bleeding, and scars during recovery.
More importantly, Motiva® Breast Implants are tried and tested for safety. A 6-year prospective study among patients that used Motiva® Breast Implants shows less than 1% of cases of implant complications, including implant rupture. Also, it has less than 1% of capsular contracture rates. Moreover, there are zero reported cases of BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) among breast surgery using Motiva®.
Aside from its features, Motiva® also offers warranty programs that prioritize your safety even after surgery.
All Motiva® Implants come with the Always Confident Warranty®, covering cases of rupture for the lifetime of the implant. Also, it has a Product Replacement Policy, which covers a 10-year warranty for capsular contracture baker grades III and IV.
In addition, you can avail Motiva®’s Extended Warranty Programs. For Motiva® Breast Implants without QID, you can register for the 2Y Extended Warranty Program™ for cases of capsular contracture. It provides a replacement implant and up to USD 1,000 of financial assistance for additional surgeries.
On the other hand, Motiva® Breast Implants with QID, you can avail the 5Y Extended Warranty Program™. It comes with a replacement implant, for cases of capsular contracture, and up to USD 2,500 of financial assistance for surgeries.
To know more about Motiva® and its features, you can read more about it on their website.