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timelessmac
one year ago
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Breast Rupture

I had B.A. 2 yrs ago & within a yr my left side ruptured. I think it had a slow leak from day 1. I'd of $8,000. So I went back, my surgeon was supposed to replace both while there, since the implant had lifetime warranty. I have a feeling, he just refilled it! It's been 11 mos. & Here I am again! It's been slowly leaking the whole time! Now at this point it' obvious. He said he'd tell me what the

Procedure: Breast Augmentation
Type: Question

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Dear Timelessmac, Sorry for your bad luck! Many women with saline implants go their whole lives never having to replace them. However, they do run a risk of failure due to the fact that they are slightly underfilled so they'll feel soft, and when you move you can create folds in the implant normally. I liken it to a credit card you bend back and forth, it can eventually crack. I had a patient once whose implant failed after a few years. I replaced it and it failed again in a few months! I replaced it again and the next one failed in 3 years! Crazy. Replacement number3 is holding steady, thank goodness. Fortunately, replacing a saline implant is a pretty quick swap out. Your implants are warrantied, and the company will pay towards the OR since it's been less than 10 years. I highly doubt your surgeon would have refilled a leaking implant; since the replacement implant was free, it makes no sense. You should return to your surgeon, or use the Find-a-Surgeon tool here.

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J. Gerald Minniti
ASPS Surgeon

It’s unlikely you can refill a ruptured saline implant. You just got unlucky. Time to say good bye to saline and join the modern world of silicone gel implants. Best of luck.

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Robert DeConti
ASPS Surgeon

Dear Timelessmac,

I am sorry to hear you are having a difficult time with your saline breast implants. It would be very unlikely that you would experience a slow leak over a years time. Most implants leak over days to a few weeks. Also, you should have received a new implant card with type and serial numbers for the new implants that were placed. Though very rase, I have had a handful of patients who have had multiple leaks in a 10 year period. You may also consider the cohesive gel implants. The FDA does not consider any implant "permanent device" and recognizes their life span to be 10 - 15 years max for both gel and saline implants. Hope this helps. Best wishes, Dr. D.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your excellent question and I am sorry to hear of your BA issues. In general a ruptured implant can not be refilled and another implant would have been required. I would recommend seeking a second opinion to discover what may be taking place and the appropriate treatment.

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