Unfortunately, silicone implant rupture is not uncommon. Implants of any kind are not made to last a lifetime. A ruptured implant can cause significant aesthetic problems for the patient. A ruptured silicone implant can also be quite painful. If you have experienced a silicone implant rupture or are concerned that you may have an undetected rupture, please contact Dr. Khoobehi today.
During your personal consultation at our New Orleans plastic surgery practice, Dr. Khoobehi will tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs and goals. New Orleans silicone implant rupture patients can expect to receive the highest standard of care. Dr. Kamran Khoobehi specializes in restoring the size and shape of the breast after implant rupture. He is highly skilled in implant revision techniques including fat transfer. Dr. Khoobehi strongly believes that the patient should be well-informed of each treatment option so that she can make an educated decision regarding the best course of treatment. During your personal consultation, we will discuss in great detail the pros and cons of each treatment option.
Signs and Symptoms of Silicone Implant Rupture
While it can be incredibly difficult to detect a silicone implant rupture, there are some signs and symptoms to be aware of, including:
- A decrease in breast size
- An uneven appearance of the breasts
- Hard lumps over the implant
- Hard lumps over the chest area
- A change in implant shape
- Tenderness of the breast
- Pain in the breast
- Tingling of the breast
- Swelling of the breast
- Numbness of the breast
- A burning sensation in the breast
- A change in the normal sensation of the breast
Silicone Implant Rupture: “Silent Rupture”
Fibrous tissue forms a capsule around the silicone implant after implantation. A “silent rupture” is a rupture that occurs within the capsule. In “silent ruptures,” the leaking silicone remains trapped in the capsule. Because of this, it does not change the way the implant feels or looks.
“Silent ruptures” are usually only detected by an MRI. The FDA recommends that patients with silicone breast implants undergo an MRI at three years after implantation and every two years after that. This is to ensure that there is not a silicone implant rupture that has gone undetected.
Silicone Implant Rupture: Removal and Revision
If you have suffered from a silicone implant rupture, you will likely require that implant to be surgically removed. Traditionally, the silicone breast implant is removed and replaced with a new implant. Dr. Khoobehi specializes in fat transfer. While your unique contours and needs will determine the best treatment, fat transfer to the breast may be an ideal solution after a silicone implant rupture has occurred.
Contact New Orleans Plastic Surgeon Kamran Khoobehi
To learn more about silicone implant rupture and treatment options including fat transfer to the breast, or to schedule a personal consultation, please contact Dr. Kamran Khoobehi today. Dr. Khoobehi and his skilled staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have. We are always happy to welcome new patients into our practice. We look forward to serving your needs.