How Long Exactly Can I Wait to Replace a Ruptured Implant?

Before scar tissue forms and it becomes more difficult for my surgeon to make my breasts match? I have a surgery scheduled a month after my rupture.

Doctor Answers 8

How Long Exactly Can I Wait to Replace a Ruptured Implant?

Although there is no urgency to removal/replacement of the ruptured saline breast implant, waiting for a prolonged period of time may lead to additional work necessary during the procedure to “reopen” the breast implant pocket, that tends to contract down over the deflated saline implant. Therefore, probably best to have the procedure done within a month of deflation, if possible. The advice above is quite general; you will do best seeking consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons in your area. Best wishes.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Exactly Can I Wait to Replace a Ruptured Implant?

This depends on whether the implants are silicone or saline and what your plans are for the replacement (larger, smaller, lifted, profile change, etc?)

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Replacing Ruptures Saline Implants

Hi there-

When saline implants rupture, complete deflation occurs as the body absorbs the leaking saline, and over time the capsule shrinks.

The longer you wait before replacing the implant, the greater the risk that the best symmetry may not be possible.

Given the time frame you describe, the risk of this should be low.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Ruptured implants

Repalcng ruptured implants is always better within a short period ot time after the rupture.  Waiting too long closes the pocket down and then you  may need a capsulotomy.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Wait to replace a ruptured implant

Replace within a month of discovery. The shell of the implant can erode through the skin causing a much worse issue than just the rupture.


Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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As soon as reasonably possible

I try to exchange a breast implant as soon as possible.  There is less scar tissue forming and it is easier to match. If the implants are more than five years old I would replace both at the same time as most companies (implant) will allow you to at no additional charge.  When it comes to a saline rupture - the sooner the better.

Steven Schuster, MD, FACS
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Ideal length of Wait to replace a deflated Breast Implant

Ideally, a deflated saline implant should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent pocket narrowing by scar. But, this rarely happens due to late recognition and scheduling. If surgery happens within a few weeks of the deflation your surgeon should be able to give you a good result.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Replacement of ruptured breast implants

There is no right answer to the question of how soon the implants should be replaced fol owing a rupture.  The best thing to do is to do it as soon as you can.  I have had patients wait several months to get the ruptured implant replaced and it can be a challenge to get the most exact match but it generally goes well.  You have to anticipate some healing time for the new implant to get into the final position.

Best Wishes.

Marcus L. Peterson, MD
Saint George Plastic Surgeon
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