American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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one year ago

Saline rupture

I had breast augmentation done 4 years ago recently i realized it hurted and felt different it ruptured!! && with all the virus Stuff, it was too late when i called office they are closed for 2 weeks. I got a hold of his assistant & she said they could not see me and if i felt too bad to go to the emergency room. That made me super upset what should i do? I thought it would be an emergency?

Procedure: Breast Augmentation
Location: Spring, TX

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Tracy McCall
ASPS Surgeon

This is not an emergency. Do not go to the emergency room. No plastic surgeon in the country would be doing these right now, so stop worrying. The assistant knows you are out there. Have the assistant set you up with an appointment with your surgeon as soon as they are open for appointments again. It will likely be more than 2 weeks. In the mean time, you can camouflage the deflated side. This is basically stuffing the bra on that side. You will at least look more even for when you do have to leave the house. You don't want to have surgery right now anyhow. We will start doing surgery again, we just don't know exactly when. It will likely be weeks to months, but not forever. Treat what you can treat, which is the anxiety associated with this.

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Dr. McCall is correct. When a saline implant breaks, it deflates. It may retain a little bit of fluid, but usually not much. Sometimes as the fluid is absorbed by your body that can cause some discomfort, but it goes away quickly. The saline that your body absorbs is not at all dangerous, you'll just pee-pee it out. While we do like to replace saline implants in a timely manner, now is unfortunately not the time. We will have to wait until it is safe to start performing elective (non-emergency) procedures again. So hang in there! Fortunately, replacement is usually a pretty quick and easy procedure, and you should receive a free implant. If you have a Mentor implant, the company will also help you with the expense of the surgery. You should contact your doctor again and ask them to set you up with an appointment and notify the implant company that you need warranty benefits.

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Samir Shureih
ASPS Surgeon

Rupture or leak of saline implant is not an emergency. The saline will be absorbed by the body.

Just watch the breast for signs of infection, though very rare.

When the corona virus crises abates then call your surgeon and He/She will take care of you.

Your doctor is following the constrains put on elective surgery

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question and I am sorry to hear of your rupture. Fortunately this is not an emergency and can be taken care of once your surgeon's office reopens and elective cases can be pursued. Hang in there!


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