Are Hives / a Severe Allergic Reaction a Sign of a Ruptured Implant?

I've had implants for two years 34b small side to 34dd (425cc sub muscle). I find when I get warm from excersize or heat my implants start itching and become uncomfortable. This has been the case since i got them. But i've now broken out in hives, suffering a severe reaction to what general doctor could not pin point. I started wondering if this was a sign my implants ruptured. I got put on steroids & old to see if they come back. Could implants cause this type of reaction? Should I go to a PS?

Doctor Answers 3

Hives from ruptured implant


Thank you for your question.

I think it is highly unlikely that your implant is ruptured. If your implants are saline then deflation would be present and you can always have a MRI to check for a rupture if you went with silicone. However, there is usually not a correlation between a rupture and an allergic reaction. I agree that you should consult an allergist to find out what is causing this issue.

Good luck!

Dr. Sam Speron

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Rupture implants?

It is unlikely that your implants are ruptured. It typically requires a force enough to break ribs to break an implant. Even in the event of a broken implant, there would not be an allergic reaction. It is more likely something else you are allergic to. Still, it is always a good idea to be followed by a plastic surgeon over time.

William H. Gorman, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Hives a sign of implant rupture

Since your implants are only two years old it is highly unlikely they are ruptured unless there was some trauma to them at the time of insertion. Being seen by a Plastic Surgeon and getting an MRI may give you some peace of mind. You may want to get evaluated by a rheumatologist or allergist on the chance that something non-implant related is going on. Hope this helps!

Marcel Daniels, MD
Long Beach Plastic Surgeon
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