Loud Pop in Breast Implant

I have silicone breast implants 400cc and I am ten months post surgery. My boyfriend was leaning over me, over my breast when we both heard a loud pop. Subsequently the breast is softer and has more movement. I am feeling twinges of muscular pain in the area around the breast and my back and the spot where the pop came from. I went for an ultrasound and the doctor was unable to pick up anything but an mri has been scheduled. Is it possible for silicone implants to explode this way?

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Popping in Breast Implant

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When a patient experiences sounds from the breasts, often it is early in the recovery period from breast augmentation surgery.  This is normal and is a reflection of some of the irrigation fluid that has remained in the breast pocket.  Over a short time this irrigation fluid becomes absorbed, and the sounds go away.  Your situation is different in that the timing is 13 months post-op.   Fluid in the breast pocket is still likely the reason for these sounds. However, newly accumulated fluid in a breast pocket over a year after surgery is called a delayed seroma and should be investigated.  A breast ultrasound can confirm the diagnosis of seroma.  Delayed seromas are associated in the majority of cases with having textured gel implants.  Delayed seromas can also be associated with a rare implant-associated cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma.  I would suggest following-up with your original plastic surgeon so that he/she can evaluate you for these new symptoms.

Loud Pop after breast implant pressure

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Most likely this was your capsule rupturing. The best way to tell for sure is a MRI if your plastic surgeon feels it is indicated.

Popping sound of breast after augmentation

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Silicone implants are designed to be able to withstand significant amounts of pressure, and the loud pop sound you heard may be due to a rupture of the capsule around the implant. An MRI is better suited than an ultrasound in assessing whether the implant has ruptured. Make sure you follow up with your plastic surgeon afterwards to discuss the best course of treatment, if any.

Olivia Hutchinson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Loud pop of breast

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Ther MRI will give you the anser as for the possible probkems resulting fom the "pop"  it may have been a tear of the capsule or a rupture of the implant.  Probably the former if they were tight and now are softer.

Large pop from silicone implanted breast

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Although it is possible that the implant ruptured, it is unlikely. Implants can withstand alot of pressure without loss of integrity. However, an MRI is a good option to evaluate the status of the implant and capsule.

Breast augmentation

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It sounds as though a part of the implant capsule tore.  Another term would be a closed capsulotomy.  It shouldn't a problem; however, if you a "double" breast, then you may have had a rupture of the implant.  Have your plastic surgeon see you.

Cause of Loud Pop in Breast Implant?

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Regarding: "Loud Pop in Breast Implant
I have silicone breast implants 400cc and I am ten months post surgery. My boyfriend was leaning over me, over my breast when we both heard a loud pop. Subsequently the breast is softer and has more movement. I am feeling twinges of muscular pain in the area around the breast and my back and the spot where the pop came from. I went for an ultrasound and the doctor was unable to pick up anything but an mri has been scheduled. Is it possible for silicone implants to explode this way
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Breast Implants can resist forces much greater than hugging or sexual intercourse for many years. While there COULD have been a rupture of the implant shell, this is not likely in a new implant. It is more likely that the compression caused a tear in the scar tissue (capsule) around the implant thereby releasing an encased implant.

The MRI will demonstrate any leaks in the implant and will give you the answer.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Breast Implant Popped

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It is not possible to know exactly what happened without more information and a physical examination, however, you narration suggested that you boy friend performed a closed capsulotomy on your breast. Closed capsulotomy is an old technique to soften a breast with capsular contracture. Closed capsulotomy has been largely abandoned in the US, because it can lead to uncontrolled bleeding, rupture of the implant and malposition.

Followup with an MRI is important to check your implant. Mammograms and ultrasound are not as reliable as the MRI. An MRI is about 90% accurate (so wrong 10% of the time), but it is the best nonsurgical way to check an implant currently available. The only 100% accurate method is to look at the implant directly in surgery.

An open capsulotomy or capsulectomy is the preferred method of treatment for symptomatic capsular contracture. Both require surgery, and allow for precise modification of the capsule's scar and direct inspection of the breast implant.

Joseph Mele, MD
Walnut Creek Plastic Surgeon
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Pop in Breast Probably Due to Capsulotomy

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The "pop" which you heard is most likely due to a capsulotomy which is a tearing of the capsule which forms around your implant, especially since you noted that the breast was softer following this observation.  The MRI which you have scheduled will probably determine if the implant itself is intact, but this test is not 100% accurate.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon

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