Summary: The results are fantastic, but can breast implants deflate? To a certain degree, and in certain circumstances, yes they can. But such an issues is incredibly rare. The vast majority of breast augmentation patients have excellent experiences and achieve amazing results.
Can Breast Implants Deflate?
Plastic surgery is, generally, an incredibly safe and successful enterprise. Almost all patients who undergo a cosmetic procedure end up satisfied with the final results. But it’s still surgery, and there are inherent risks. That’s true with breast implants—and perhaps the most common question is this: can breast implants deflate?
In some instances, saline-based breast implants can rupture and deflate. However, in these cases there is very little risk in terms of one’s health (putting aside any aesthetic concerns the patient may have). And instances of a rupture are quite rare.
Before going further we should make two things as clear as we possibly can:
- This blog post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical advice. You could say we’re here for entertainment purposes only. Get all of your medical advice in this area from a qualified surgeon!
- The vast majority of all breast implants do not fail or rupture. The chances of this happening are generally quite remote. But it never hurts to know what the risks are, especially when thinking about a procedure.
The Chances of a Rupture
When a breast implant leaks or breaks (however you want to imagine that), it’s usually referred to as a “rupture.” It should be noted that ruptures in silicone and saline implants are quite different.
- Patients with a silicone implant may never notice a rupture. Silicone is a material with a “gummy bear” like quality, so the implant will hold its shape after a rupture. In many cases, there is very little risk of an adverse effect from a ruptured implant, but you’ll want to check with your surgeon.
- Saline implants tend to deflate when they rupture. This means there’s no chance you’ll miss it! But it also means that, due to the aesthetics of the issue, you’ll likely need to receive treatment as soon as possible. Most patients aren’t looking for asymmetrical breasts and would prefer to replace the implant.
Ultimately, the chances of a rupture are pretty remove. In saline implants, the chances of a rupture are something like 1-3% for the first year. Those chances increase incrementally year after year, due to fatigue of the material (and simple statistics).
What to Do if you Notice a Rupture
If you do notice that your breast implant has ruptured, you should talk to your surgeon as soon as possible. In the case of a saline implant rupture, there aren’t very many health risks to worry about. Saline is, essentially, salt water, and it’s easily absorbed into your blood stream.
A rupture on a silicone implant is a little harder to detect—sometimes you need to have an MRI performed even to detect any type of leak. In some cases, surgeons will simply decide to leave silicone implants in place (and new silicone implant technologies are making this type of rupture even more rare).
In many cases, a surgeon may advise you to replace the ruptured implant. That would restore the results from your original breast augmentation procedure. You can also discuss (if you wish) changing implant sizes at this time.
Fat Graft Breast Augmentation
One of the newest types of implant material, fat graft, is substantially different from other breast implants—but it’s worth talking about here precisely because it’s so different.
During a fat graft breast augmentation procedure, liposuction will be used to remove fat from some part of the body—usually the abdomen. Once the fat is removed, it’s purified and injected in to the breasts. Now, to be sure, not all of the fat takes. There’s definitely still some discussion about exactly how effective this fat graft is on a regular basis.
But this procedure has the virtue of producing very natural-looking results and not requiring an implant, per se.
Silicone the Most Popular Implant Choice
Still, fat graft implants are not seen as being quite as reliable as, for example, silicone implants. Indeed, silicone implants are the most popular breast implant option on the market today—and it’s popular for a reason. It tends to be safe and effective.
Saline implants are still good options, however, and will be the best choice for certain patients. Ultimately, this article isn’t meant to scare you—rather, it’s mean to illustrate some of the advantages and drawbacks of the decisions that you, as the patient, get to make.
Can breast implants deflate? Yes, some of them can. But from California to Minnesota, breast surgeons have been telling patients precisely how they might anticipate and deal with that type of complication.
Though it’s worth noting again how rare this is. It’s just another factor in your decision-making process.