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Breast Implants be Replaced

Breast augmentation surgery improves the shape and size of breasts by placing implants in them. It is a popular procedure, and several women undergo this procedure every year to enhance the appearance of their breasts. Despite its popularity, it is better to consider every important factor associated with the procedure before going under the knife.

Breast Implants

Breast implants are artificial bodies that come in different types varying in shapes, sizes, and texture. The most commonly used types of implants are silicone gel implants and saline implants. Breast augmentation surgery involves the placement of breast implants in the breasts, and some women require replacement of breast implants.

Why do breast implants need replacements?

The implants need replacement after a certain period, which varies according to the life span of each implant. Moreover, it sometimes depends on the condition of the patient. Certain complications are associated with breast implants that may require revision surgery, replacement, or removal of breast implants. Here we will discuss the complications associated with breast implants that can be a cause to replace breast implants.

Capsular Contracture

After the placement of implants, fibrous scar tissues are collected around the breast implants during the healing process. This occurs due to the body’s natural reaction to a foreign object. Over time, the scar tissue shrinks, and this condition is known as capsular contracture.

The level of shrinkage varies from patient to patient. In some of the cases, the capsular contracture squeezes the breast implant and makes it feel hard. This condition may also cause pain or discomfort in the breasts. Usually, this condition will go away on its own. However, if it is not resolved on its own, the patient may require having revision surgery to resolve it.

Rupture

Rupture is the breakage of an implant shell that may occur due to the weakening of shell over time. It may also occur due to:

  • damage caused to implant during surgery
  • some defect in the implant 
  • injury to the breast

Previously used implants used to have thin walls as compared to those used nowadays. Therefore, the old ones had more risk of rupture than the newer ones. The symptoms of implant rupture include:

  • swelling
  • redness
  • lumpiness
  • tenderness in breasts

After the breast implant ruptures, it needs to be replaced with a new one or removed entirely. In the case of saline implants, leakage does not cause any damage as the body absorbs the saline solution. On the other hand, silicone implant rupture can cause problems. This is because silicone gel may spread in the breasts, causing the development of small lumps. This can be uncomfortable for the patient. Due to this reason, saline implant rupture is known as silent rupture, while silicone gel implant is not.

In short, breast augmentation surgery – when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon – is highly beneficial. However, you may still need a replacement of breast implants due to several factors. Therefore, it is important to discuss this issue with your surgeon and have MRIs after getting implants regularly. This will help track down any changes before they become disastrous.

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