How Hard Can You Squeeze Silicone Gel Implants Without Causing Rupture?

I have silicone gel breast implants placed over the muscle and am very paranoid about my husband squeezing them to hard and causing them to break. Can this happen?

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Implants are pretty durable

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Both silicone and saline implants can withstand normal physical contact, so I do not think you need to be afraid that your husband will damage them. Ruptures are due to microscopic wear and tear that builds up over time. I have had occasion to throw an implant against the wall to demonstrate to a few anxious patients how strong they are. So, enjoy them.

How Hard Can You Squeeze Silicone Gel Implants Without Causing Rupture?

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You can squeeze silicone implants relatively hardly without them rupturing. In fact I have demonstrated this by standing on the implants without rupture.

Will squeezing implants rupture them

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In general, squeezing silicone implants will not rupture them as they are cushioned by your skin and fat. What will rupture them is contact with a sharp object. So as long as they are in your body, you should be safe.

Discuss your anxiety with your surgeon.

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It’s not unusual for patients to be concerned about the durability of silicone implants.In fact, patients are much more likely to be concerned about silicone than saline implants, because of all the controversy that has occurred in the past several years.
It’s safe to say that, in most cases, silicone implants are able to withstand significant trauma.Several years ago, I performed a breast augmentation on a female kick-boxer.She tells me that she’s kicked in the chest all the time and has never had a problem.
Although the type of trauma that you’re concerned about could rupture a silicone implant, this is unlikely.Under these circumstances, it might be helpful to discuss the issue with your plastic surgeon.Your plastic surgeon can discuss the issue in detail and hopefully alleviate your anxiety.

Force required to rupture implant

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The implant is designed to withstand 3 times your body weight in force.  You should be able to stand on the implant and not rupture it.  With the new form of breast implants produced after 2009 there is little chance of the implant gel material migrating since the gel is more cohesive than it was prior to this time.  Therefore it may be difficult to tell if it is ruptured since the implant tends to keep its original shape. The problem is non an emergency.  You would need some type of diagnostic study to determine if it was actually ruptured such as a  mammogram, MRI or ultrasound.

Implants are durable

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Thank you for your question.  Breast implants (both saline and silicone gel) are built to withstand physical contact, even very aggressive handling by spouses.  I do not believe that you should be worried about your husbands ability to 'break' them, but I always recommend following up with your surgeon to discuss your concerns (especially if your implants are fairly old).  I hope this helps!

Breast implant rupture

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It would take a lot of force for an implant to rupture just from squeezing it.   Normal acitvity should be okay.

Breast implants are very durable!

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It would take a very powerful force to rupture your implants. Not that the implants are considered lifetime devices, but they are made to last and are quite durable. You would most likely damage your own breast tissue before your implants would be hurt.

Best regards,

Dr. Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Breast Implants are very durable

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The chances of rupture are very low, especially if these are relatively new implants. The new implants are very durable. The old implants (1980s) ruptured more easily.  You would experience relatively severe pain before there would be enough pressure to rupture an implant.

Breast implants do not rupture because of anything you do.

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The current rate of leaking for silicone breast implants is very low (2.3% at 10 years). And when an implant does rupture, it is because of "material fatigue" ( a little piece of the shell wears out). I don't think any thing your husband does will cause an implant to leak. So relax!

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

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