Itching a Sign of Saline Leakage?

My right breast has been deeply itching 4 days. Is this a sign of Saline leakage? Thank yoMy implants are at least 15 years old.

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Usually, a leak doesn't cause itchiness. You could be allergic to something else. If you do have a rupture, then you'd notice the deflation since it generally occurs quickly. I suggest you see your doctor for a physical exam.

Itching is not a sign of implant leakage

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It is very unlikely that your itching is due to a leaking saline implant. Generally the only thing that a patient notices with rupture of a saline implant is a significant decrease in breast volume. Usually there are no other symptoms.

James McMahan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Itching and sign of possible implant rupture.

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It is probably more important to assess the breast size as a sign of leakage. I am not aware of leakage causing itching and threfore I think they are unrelated.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Itching chest

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Itching of the chest is not a sign of a leakage.  You  may have an allergy to something.  Do you have a rash?

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Itching is NOT a sign of Implant Leaking

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Itching is NOT a recognized sign of saline breast implant leaking. Diagnosing a leaking saline implant is very easy; the breast goes down as the leaked saline is absorbed by the body and excreted in the urine. With 15 year implants, i would not recommend you do anything, unless they bother you, until one of them deflates.

Dr. Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Leaking saline implants will deflate in 2-3 days

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If your implants leak, they will deflate completely in 2-3 days. Saline implants are filled with saline and the leakage will not cause any irritation.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

Saline Implant Rupture

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You would know if you had leakage of your implants as one would be getting smaller than the other.  Itching is not a symptom for leaking, there really is no sign or symptom other can the breast getting smaller.

Hope that helps.

Farbod Esmailian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 88 reviews

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