What If I Suspect A Problem With My Breast Implant?
First, call Dr. Mandell-Brown and tell us what’s happening!
If you have saline implants, you’re not in any danger, although it will certainly look and feel strange. If you have silicone implants, the only way to assess damage is by MRI.
Breast implant failure can be caused by a variety of problems. In some cases, the problem occurs when the implants are filled above or below the manufacturerâ€™s recommended fill range. Other times, texturing of a saline implant can result in excessive wrinkling and premature wear, causing the implant to fail.
Sometimes the implant itself may have a defect in its valve or seam. Isolated sutures placed inside the pocket for implant positioning may also inadvertently wear and breach implant integrity over time. Even regular wear and tear can cause breast implant deflation.Â Your lifestyle can also play a role in implant longevity.
A deflated implant can be safely removed and replaced in a procedure similar to the original augmentation surgery. In most cases, the same incision is used to approach the deflated implant.
Recovery from breast implant repair surgery is usually easier than the original surgery, since the pectoralis muscle has already been stretched.
Worried about potential costs?Â It’s possible that your breast implants are under a manufacturer’s warranty, which helps with the cost of replacement.