Removal Of Ruptured Becker Breast Implants
Recently, I had the opportunity to surprisingly operate on a patient who had a Becker double lumen ruptured implant. This patient is a 52-year-old middle eastern female status post augmentation mammoplasty silicone gel implants per, with no identifiable records or patient’s accountability as to the type or size of her implants.
Intraoperatively, it was identified to be double lumen bilateral ruptured silicone and outer lumen saline ruptured implants. Please see the photographs showing the ruptured Becker implant. These are very unusual implants that were placed three decades ago. There are very few of them still remaining in women throughout the world and it was a surprise finding in the operating room. This patient desired to have the implants removed completely with explantation without reimplantation and drainage tube placement. She also underwent breast mastopexy lift in order to reconstruct the shape of her breasts after losing a significant portion of her volume.
Becker implants were double lumen implants placed many years ago. They had silicone inner lumen with an external secondary compartment of salt water. The majority of these implants have been removed over the last 15 to 20 years and the few residual that are found require bilateral double lumen implant removal with removal of capsules often with calcification from leakage silicone.