Is there a risk not to take it out? Can I leave the saline breast implant in there for maybe 1-2 years if possible? I am asking these questions for my friend. At this time she is not able to go under anesthesia yet. Please advise.... Thank you much. Ann in Cali
If Saline Implants Leak, Can It Be Left in Place?
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Ruptured saline implants
The danger is that a ruptured saline implant can develop "edges" which can irritate the skin, can be painful, or could be palpated just below the skin surface in thin patients.
The implant shell itself probably poses little significant danger unless it irritates the skin.
Removal of an implant or implants can generally be readily performed under local anesthesia, possibly with light sedation if one of these issues arises.
They can stay until the patient is ready for an anesthetic
You friend will probably want them out at some point, but as long as they are not giving her any problems, she should be fine to leave them in until she is ready for ananesthetic.
Yes, you can leave them in
Of course, as in inflated implants they may pose a small but finite risk of infection since they are a foreign body and they are obviously not providing a benefit while deflated. Smooth implants may be easily removed under local anesthesia in the office in most cases. Once you may a small incision, it should slip out without difficulty although small bands of tissue can wrap around the valve handle.
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Not an emergency and could wait, but not indefinitely
Removal of a saline implant is not an emergency and could be delayed for few months. I would not recommend to leave it in place indefinetly. The removal and replacement could be done under local anesthesia, if general anaesthesia is contraindicated.
Empty saline implants are harmless
You can leave empty saline implants in indefinately as long as they done bother you from a feel standpoint. They are inert and harmless to you and can easily be removed later if you choose.
Deflated Saline Implants
Yes, it can be left inside, but it can easily be removed under local anesthesia
There is no harm to leaving the deflated saline implant inside as long as it does not bother her, but it can be taken out easily under local anesthesia in just a few minutes in the plastic surgeons office.
All the best,
There is no rush to remove the implant.
One thing about saline implants is that they rarely leak -- they totally deflate. If they need to be removed, this can be done under local only. Your friend should post her problem because we as physicians like the full story from the patient.
Leaking saline breast implant removal can wait until it is convenient
There is no medical reason to remove a leaking saline implant. It's the same as leaving a full one in, just without the volume.
The only reason to consider removing the implant sooner is if, for some reason, it became uncomfortable.
Removal of a saline implant is usually a simple procedure and can often even be done under local anesthesia.
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