When breast implants leak, does the liquid come through your skin?

Breast implants-2005. 3 months ago t-shirt had large wet spots on the underside of my breasts. Skin didn't feel wet. Yesterday my shirt was clearly wet. I had a double tank top on and a light blouse over it. Symmetrical wet marks through all three shirts, under my breasts and down my ribs. My skin was not wet but it felt like fabric softener. My implants are saline not silicone. My breasts seem slightly softer than they have been but they don't seem smaller. Are they leaking through my skin?

Doctor Answers 9

When breast implants leak, does the liquid come through your skin?

I appreciate your question.

Please follow up with your plastic surgeon so he/she can examine you and recommend most appropriate treatment plan at this time.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative breast surgery.

best of luck!

Dr Schwartz

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Skin issues


Thank you for your question. I recommend that you have a general health exam with your primary care physician to discuss issues you are having as saline leaked into the body would be absorbed by the body, not leave through the skin.

All the best

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Leaky breast implants

Thanks for your question. When implants leak the liquid is absorbed by the body and does not leak through the skin. I suggest you see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and for a medical evaluation. 

Francis X. Fleming, MD
Kennewick Plastic Surgeon
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Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information.. A saline implant can leak and your body will absorbe that liquid, it will not permanate into your skin

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Implant leak

A saline implant leak would cause the saline to be absorbed in the body, not permeate through the skin. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implant leakage

Saline should not come through the skin, not sure what's causing the wet spots other than breast skin rubbing against your chest if they are deflating. 

An an exam and consultation with a plastic surgeon is recommended.

Harry T. Haramis, MD, FACS
Montclair Plastic Surgeon
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When breast implants leak, does the liquid come through your skin?

No, if you are experiencing a saline breast implant leak, the saline will not leak onto the skin. Generally, if a breast implant leaks patients will notice breast asymmetry, decreased breast size, as well as increase breast implant rippling/palpability. I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Deflation

Hi & thank you for your question.
 If your implant is leaking it will not leak through your skin. If you notice that your breast or breasts are losing volume it is  likely that you  have a  deflation, I suggest having your plastic surgeon take a look to be sure.Best of luck.

Brian K. Reedy, MD
Reading Plastic Surgeon
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What happens when saline implants leak?

If ten year old saline implants "leak", it will not come through the skin.  However, you will notice that the "leaking" or deflated implant looks like a flat tire.  The volume loss will be obvious.  If the implant does deflate, you will need to see your surgeon for replacement.

Todd C. Case, MD
Tucson Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

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