A saline breast implant deflates when it ruptures. When this happens, your breast will change in size and shape. If your breast implant ruptures, you should have it removed to prevent infection, leakage, pain, and other problems.
Because breast implant removal includes costs (such as anesthesia) that are similar whether you have one implant removed or two, it is usually best to remove them both at the same time, whether or not you want them to be replaced. For example, if your implants were put in at the same time and one is ruptured, it is likely that the other will rupture soon. One surgery is much less expensive than two.
You will also need to decide whether to have your implants replaced. If you have had problems with one or both of your breast implants, it is likely that those problems will develop if your implants are replaced. Before you undergo surgery, learn about the many health issues that can be caused by breast implants. You might be surprised to learn that health issues that seemed unrelated to your implants might actually be caused by them. Some women find that replacing their implants leads to an endless cycle of future surgeries.
If you are worried that your breasts will look deflated after implants are removed, you can get a breast lift instead of replacing your implants. Whether or not you decide to replace your implants, finding an experienced explant surgeon is important. Women are likely to be more satisfied with the way their breasts look and feel and how healthy they feel if they go to a surgeon who is experienced in removing implants with or without replacement. An experienced explant surgeon can also minimize any leaking or cosmetic problems caused by the explant surgery. To learn more about how to find a plastic surgeon, click here.
All articles are reviewed and approved by Diana Zuckerman, PhD, and other senior staff.