Ruptured Breast Implants


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Breast implants usually last around ten years, but in that time there is a possibility they could rupture. In this event, they would have to be removed.

In the early years of breast implant surgery, ruptures were happening at an alarming rate, especially in their first year of being inserted into the breast. But tighter laws and higher standards have significantly reduced the risk of this occurring.

Wear & Tear of Breast Implants

Unfortunately, not much can legislate for wear and tear over time. It is quite possible an implant will rupture and leak towards the end of its lifespan. There is conflicting research and studies about the side-effects and how much danger it poses for the patient if implants rupture. There is no scientific and conclusive evidence that ruptures will cause long-term health problems, but many women counter this and claim they have been the victim of disfigurement and illnesses as a result.

The quality and experience of the surgeon is key and will go a long way in increasing your chances of safe and reliable surgery.

Signs of Ruptured Breast Implants

You will be closely monitored for early signs of rupture in the immediate period after the surgery, so you are in good hands if something goes wrong at this stage. The main signs to look for are unusual firmness of the breast and the possibility of the breast or breasts taking on an uneven shape. If you have any of these symptoms, or any burning pains or chronic fatigue, then contact your surgeon as soon as possible.

One concern is that some women won’t be aware of a rupture until the implant is due to be taken out anyway. Ruptures are one of a number of risks associated with implant surgery and you must be aware of this before deciding to undergo the cosmetic procedure.


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