Risks & Complications

  • Autoimmune Symptoms Breast implant companies were required to complete safety studies before they could sell their implants in the United States. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved breast implants, they admitted that “studies would need to be larger and longer” to find out if implants could cause the kinds of diseases many women were reporting.
  • Rupture If a breast implant tears or develops a hole, it is called a rupture. Some ruptures happen during the first few months, but the older an implant is, the more likely it is to rupture. It’s not always obvious when an implant has ruptured. Here’s what you need to know.
  • Capsular Contracture The most common complication of breast implants is capsular contracture. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue tightens around the breast implant. This can cause the implant to harden and become very painful.
  • Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) Experts now agree that women with breast implants are more likely to develop ALCL, a rare cancer of the immune system. Usually, this cancer develops in the scar tissue (capsule) that forms around a breast implant.