Has Anyone Ever Heard of Breast Implant Bleeding?

Recently had implants removed. Found in scar tissue green cysts, tissue sent for analysis. Result given was - cysts and CC caused by implant bleeding. Implants intact on removal.

Doctor Answers 6

Breast Implant Bleeding?

Thank you for your question. Some early silicone implants would "weep" due to a very porous shell. These have not been made for many years. All the new implants have solved this problem.  Remove the old ones, and get a new pair which are much safer. Your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will direct you to the right implant for you. I hope this helps.

Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Implant Bleed?

    Some of the older generation implant devices were susceptible to this bleed phenomenon, but this has not been shown to be harmful.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone bleeding

“Bleeding” of breast implants refers to the weeping of silicone gel material through the breast implant shell, despite the shells being intact. This was more common with earlier generation implants than it is today. Cysts that form around an intact implant could contain silicone or form what is referred to as a granuloma. Neither one of these are a health concern if they are removed with the implant and capsular tissue. 

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant “Bleeding”?

“Bleeding” of breast implants refers to movement of silicone gel material past the  breast implant shell,  despite the shells being intact.  This will probably not be of any clinical significance to you.

 Best wishes.


Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Bleeding implants

This is actually a transmigration of some silicone through the capsule that happened with older implants. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Gel bleed

This term refers to diffusion of low molecular weight silicone gel through the silicone rubber of the envelope. This is much less likely to occur with current implants than with older gel implants. 

The silicone envelope is intact, yet there is gel on the outside of the envelope. When this occurs it can accumulate in the capsule that forms around the implant or in nearby tissue and lymph nodes. 

Discuss findings with your surgeon. Thanks and best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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