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Ruptured Silicone Implant

Posted On: October 17, 2018 Author: Dr. Stuart Linder Posted In: Breast Implants, Breast Revision, Ruptured Implant

Case Study #1

This is a case example of a patient who presents with a ruptured silicone implant who had a breast augmentation only four years ago. She presents with severe Baker IV capsular contracture with a very hardened right breast with severe scar tissue hardening. Interestingly, she denies any incidents of trauma to her breast whatsoever nor heavy workout or exertion. In the operating room, immediately upon opening the incision and entering into the breast pocket through the capsule, loose silicone was identifiable. The posterior portion of the implant was largely torn with loose silicone throughout the pocket.

Patients who undergo silicone implants should simply have MRIs every three years. Often asymptomatic, patients may still have a tear within the shell of the implant that is not obviously identifiable clinically. This patient did have severe scar tissue with a Baker IV capsule which indicated that there may have been some trauma that she however was unaware of, which could have been associated with the posterior rupture of the silicone gel implant. MRIs are very sensitive for ruptured silicone gel implants and should be performed at least every three years per guidelines of the FDA.

Case Study #2

Ruptured Breast Implant Due to Anterior Tear

A patient noticed her breasts were becoming slightly asymmetrical. Dr. Linder performed surgery and removed a smooth shell silicone breast implant. After removing the implant, Dr. Linder found that the rupture was caused by an anterior tear of the implant. He performed an explantation because the patient decided she did not want to have her implants replaced.

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