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Ruptured saline implant
Saline implant troubles
Earl Stephenson Jr,MD,DDS,FACS
Ruptured saline breast implant
If you're sure that you have saline implants and have the documentation from your original surgery, an option may be to intentionally deflate your right breast implant (your surgeon could do this in the office by just sticking a needle in it and allowing your body to absorb the saline that leaks out). In my practice, I would only offer this option to a patient with documentation that their implants are saline, as it would be a bad idea to do this to a silicone implant. Intentional deflation of the right implant would give you the opportunity to assess the size and shape of your breasts without the additional volume of your implants and help you decide if you're willing to forego replacement. It may also improve your final result if you choose to have your implants replaced, as your left breast has been slowly shrinking over the past 4 months and allowing your right breast to do the same may increase your chance for symmetry after implant replacement. There's little downside to this option, as if you're having one ruptured 14 year-old implant replaced, I typically recommend replacing the other implant during the same procedure. The incidence of rupture increases with the age of the implant and you don't want to be back in the surgeon's office a few months after your left breast surgery with the same problem on the right.
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