Evaluation of your implant is certainly indicated based on story. However failure of the silicone gel implant usually does not result in sudden softening as there is no volume loss. The capsule around the prosthesis contains the silicone.
Breastfeeding for 5 Wks Left Implant Suddenly Soft Possible Rupture? Silicon Implants
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Change in breast implant after breast feeding
Any time there is a change in the appearance or feel of your implant, seeing a plastic surgeon is a good idea. If there is concern about a rupture, then imaging such as an ultrasound or MRI may be needed. Good luck!
Change in implant shape
If your implant shape has changed it may be a good idea to go to your surgeon to get evaluated. Good luck.
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Sudden change in the shape and feel of a breast implant
If you have a sudden change in the shape or feel of your breast implant then it is time for an evaluation. If you had a saline filled implant then if the implant leaks then you would get a change in the softness of the breast. This type of change is unlikely to occur if you have gel implants, especially if your implants were placed after 1999. Gel, used in the US after 1999 is a cohesive type and would not immediately soften the breast if they rupture. After a physical examination the next step would be a diagnostic study of the breast such as a mammogram or MRI scan.
Sudden change in breast implant shape / feel.
Any sudden change in the way your breast implant looks or feels should be evaluated by your plastic surgeon. It is important to evaluate the integrity of your breast implant. For silicone gel filled breast implants, MRI, is the best imaging modality currently available to check for leaks.
Possible silicone implant rupture
The best thing to do is see your plastic surgeon. A sonogram is usually adequate to detect a rupture and if there is any further question, an MRI is more definitive.
Left Implant Suddenly Soft - Possible Rupture?
Any change in the feel of the breast or the implant in the breast should be evaluated by your plastic surgeon. Hopefully, the implant is intact. Imaging can prove helpful in this situation, if necessary.
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