The Last Two Days, I See an Oily Stain on the Front of my Shirt. Do I Have a Leak or Rupture? (photo)

Implants in 1999. Saline filled, silicone shell implants. Never had any issues. I noticed a oily stain on my shirt the last few days. Only oily on the left side. I don't have pain in the implant. I'm freaking out though. Does this sound like a leak or rupture? The breast hasn't changed in size.

Doctor Answers 8

Breast Implant Leak or Rupture?

It is always best to consult with your board certified plastic surgeon if you have a question pertaining to your breast implants. Best of luck.

Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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The Last Two Days, I See an Oily Stain on the Front of my Shirt. Do I Have a Leak or Rupture?

ALWAYS best to be examined in person and consider mammography examinations also. An "OILY" sating is not a leak of saline that is watery. You need to attend to this soon. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Oily Stain

With saline implants it is unlikely that the oily stain on your shirt is due to your implant. I would consult with your surgeon for further examination. Best wishes.

Robert F. Centeno, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Saline implant is intact

A leaking implant will never leak out through the skin.   A saline implant has no silicone so what ever is on your chest is definitely not  coming from the implant.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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You're saline implant is not leaking.

A failed saline implant deflates similar to a car tire. I don't know what it will be substances on your chest wall but does not come from the breast implant.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Not likely associated with your implants


Thank you for the question and the photos.  Saline implants are filled with saline and when they deflate the breast volume decreases.  Any secretion or discharge from your nipple/areola is not likely to be associated with your implants.  You should, however, have the  nipple/areola discharge investigated to make sure all is well.

All the best,

Dr. Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 162 reviews

That is not do to implant rupture!

You sate that you have saline implants (yes, with a silicone shell).  When saline implants rupture, the saline from the implants gets absorbed by your body. From the picture you show, I suggested this is probably coming from your nipple, possibly representing lactation.  I would suggest talking to your primary doctor about this, you may need a workup by a endocrinologist.

Gordon Lewis, MD
Midlothian Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Breast implant Deflation?

Your description does not seem consistent with breast implant deflation. Patients who experience deflation of saline breast implants will notice a change in size and/or shape of the breasts. Sometimes, patients will report an increase of breast implant “rippling".

 I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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