Could a Breast Implant Valve Migrate from Under Nipple and Feel Like a Lump?

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Saline implant valve

There is only a valve on saline implants and this can definitely be palpable in thin patients. It doesn't always stay directly under the nipple.


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Palpable lump in breast implant patient

Yes, in particularly thin individuals, especially with subglandular placement ("over the muscle). However, it is best that you seek medical advice.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Mass VS Saline Breast Implant Valve

While it is always possible that you MAY be feeling your implant valve if you are very thin withittle breast tissue, in the interest of safety, I would urge you to be examined by a breast professional. Better safe than sorry. Dr. Peter A Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Palpable Breast Implant Valve

The valve of a saline breast implant with an anteriorly place valve can become palpable and can be confused with a small mass.  I have seen this on 4-5 occasions and is most common in women who have very little breast tissue pre-op and have had their implants placed between the breast and muscle.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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