When Breast Implants Deflate or Rupture - Tips and Advice

One of the biggest concerns of many potential breast implant patients is that their implants will deflate or rupture. Saline breast implants can end up leaking or deflating for a number of reasons and will need to be removed surgically. Most plastic surgeons are able to replace the implant fairly quickly but you will need to wait for the next available surgery date. The risk of implant deflation is one of the key reasons why many women choose silicone implants instead. However, silicone implant deflation can happen and is harder to detect – women usually realize there is a problem when their breasts become swollen, tender, or they see a significant change in the size or appearance of the breast

What Causes Breast Implant Deflation?

In silicone implants, deflation can occur because of the following reasons:

  • Overfilling implant with saline solution
  • Underfilling implant with saline solution
  • Capsular contracture
  • Physical force or stressors
  • Excessive compression while getting a mammogram
  • Umbilical incision placement
  • Closed capsulotomy

Implants can also just wear out of over a number of years and are more prone to rupturing. Some women find that their implants deflate just within a few months of insertion while others find it takes a few years.

What to Do When Breast Implants Deflate

Whether you have saline or silicone breast implants, deflation can occur at any time and needs to be taken care of right away. If one or both of your implants deflate, you will need to contact the plastic surgeon you worked with for an assessment and then book another surgery. Your surgeon will need to remove the deflated implants surgically and you will then have the option to get new implants. It’s generally a good idea to get a new set of implants at this time or the breast tissue and skin will sag. Since the implant “pocket” has already been created, inserting another implant won’t be as extensive of a procedure as the original procedure.
Learn more about breast implant deflation by talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon.