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How Long Can You Safely Leave a Leaking Saline Breast Implant In?

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How Long Can You Safely Leave a Leaking Saline Breast Implant In?

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Best is to replace the implant promptly. If not, the pocket will begin to shrink, and what would be a simple procedure as in back to work the next day, will become more complex, requiring addition manipulation of the pocket, and more chance of less than good symmetry.

Other than that, there is no harm in delaying for most people. However, if the deflated implant has firm folds, the implant may be uncomfortable, and may injure the breast skin if you lie on the implants. 

All the best. 

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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No Exact Time Limit

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There is no exact time limit but I like to remove them within one month or two before capsular contraction of the pocket becomes worse.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Complications with the pocket

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Hello. The implant was created to be left in the body therefore the implant itself will not cause any problems and neither will the leaking saline. That being said it would be best to replace your implants as soon as possible to avoid complications pertaining to the pocket. With time the implant pocket will scar and close making replacement surgery more difficult.

Jaime Perez, MD
Breast Augmentation Specialist
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa

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Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Ruptured saline implant.

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 There is no harm to your body  leaving the implant in place. The saltwater in the implant will be absorbed by your body with no ill effect. The implant itself will not cause any additional reaction. However the capsule around the implant will contract over time and the space will need to be revised  with placement of the new implant. If you have the implant replaced immediately, then  the new implant can be placed in the old pocket without much manipulation. This will result in a speedier recovery.

Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Deflated Breast Implant

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It is better to schedule surgery as soon as possible for implant replacement for a deflated breast implant to avoid the breast pocket from shrinking and closing.  

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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What to do with a leaking saline implant?

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I have had patients come to me with a deflated saline implants that happened years ago and wish to address the problem now.  Although it is desirous to have the surgery to correct the deflated implant to restore symmetry and balance, the truth is that is not always medically necessary to have the surgery done immediately.  Keep in mind that if a saline implant breaks, all that leaks out is saltwater.  The saltwater is harmlessly absorbed into the body.  On occasions, the breast may rapidly change shape as the fluid leaks out.  In this instance, the folds of the implants may put unnecessary pressure on the skin and thereby causing skin breakdown.  It is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess individual concerns.  

Maitland Plastic Surgeon
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Is it wise to wait too long when saline breast implant is leaking?

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It is not a good idea to delay surgery after a leak in saline implant starts to cause deflation of implant.  Deflation leads to collapse of breast pocket which then starts to scar down and close.  This makes replacement surgery more difficult and could cause asymmetry.  Deflated implant also creates harsh implant shell folds.  These folds have a potential to errode through muscle and skin.

There is nothing to be gained from delaying surgery.  Have it done as soon as possible.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Leaking saline implant

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There is not set time to remove a saline implant that is ruptured. But, I think it is better to do it sooner than later so that the pocket does not shrink down.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Deflated Saline Implant

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There is no set time to remove the leaking saline implant.  The saline (salt water) would be resorbed by your body with issues and as long as the implant does not become infected you do have the luxury of time.  Having said all of this it is advised to get this issue address as soon as possible to avoid any problems.

Dr.ES

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Cosmetic Surgery is an Art and a Science

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Thank you for the question. You can have a leaky saline implant replaced/removed at any time. I am unaware of any risk in waiting as the saline is absorbed by your body. Your appearance may be a concern to you in the mean time. Replacing the implant is not difficult. Best Wishes  Dr. Thomas Narsete  Austin, Tx

Austin Plastic Surgeon

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