I got saline breast implants in 1999.Since then, I have had & nursed 3 children.I am still breast feeding my youngest (7 months old).Today my right breast implant broke.My husband and I are also wanting to have one more child.My issue is this, is there harm in me waiting 3-4 years to have it removed/replaced. I had already planned on having a lift & new implants after we completed our family but am torn now b/c of the broken implant.
Seeking Professional Advice on Timing over Removing/replacing Broken Saline Breast Implant?
Doctor Answers (13)
No harm in leaving a deflated implant in place.
A broken saline implant poses no health risk. You can leave it in place indefinitely. You'll have to live with the asymmetry however.
I recommend after you're done breastfeeding either removing or replacing the implants depending on what you feel is the best option for you. If you know you need a lift and you're planning another baby you may want to wait to add new implants, although I still advise you remove the implants. Having said that, you may replace the implants and always do a lift down the road. Getting new implants doesn't preclude you from having a breast lift down the road. Bottom line: there are pro's and con's either way, it all comes down to your expectations.
Timing over Removing/replacing Broken Saline Breast Implant
You can wait until after breast feeding your current child before you have the implants exchanged. However, the discomfort and asymmetry from the deflated implants may not issues that you wil want to wait 3 - 4 years to address. Consult with 3 - 4 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons to review your options.
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My advice would be to finish breast feeding, then get the implants replaced (on both sides, since they are 10+ years old). You may have some warrantee coverage to help you financially. If you wait, that coverage may expire.
Also, the capsule around the deflated implant will shrink up, and if you wait more than a month or two, your surgeon will have to do some extra work to take care of that issue, as well.
Rupture of saline implant
your implants are already over 10 years old and are due for replacement regardless of the rutpure. I would not advise you to leave a deflated implant in your chest for that long, plus the replacement could be covered by warranty. I recommend you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon and discuss your options incuding replacing both implants at this time.
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Delayed Replacement of Saline Breast Implant Deflation
A deflated breast implant is harmless in and of itself. The scar capsule around it will shrink which does make replacement slightly more difficult later. Years is a long time to go, however, with significant breast asymmetry from a psychological standpoint. Future children aside, replacement of a saline implant now is a quick and easy operation which can be done under local anesthesia due to the established pocket. The other alternative is that if you If you are really going to wait that long then you may consider having the left implant deflated to have better symmetry until the day comes when you can have a lift and new implants.
Timing of breast implant replacement after deflation (saline)
I agree with Dr. Khoobhi- there is no harm in leaving the deflated implant in, and deflating the other for symmetry until you are ready to have the exchange. I do this for many women, and only a few have had issues with the implant folding and causing pain- although this is a risk. Many women will even request to have their saline implants deflated during pregnancy so that their breasts do not strech too much.
Deflated implants and timing of replacement
While it is possible OK to leave your deflated implants in until you are ready to remove them, they may give you a problem with folded edges and could lead to extrusion. Also do not forget about asymmetry with one deflated and the other not
You can leave your deflated implants till you are ready
You have indicated that you need to have lift later on. You can delay your surgery till you are ready. Implant pocket will shrink and since you need lift and implant replacement,I would recommend to wait. If your other implant is intact, you can have it deflated in office to prevent asymmetry.