Implant rupture | How to tell if your implants have split
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The great silicone myth was that deadly substances would leech into your bloodstream if your breast implants split. This isn't the case with most modern implants which can be sound for ten years or more and are not harmful.
The risks of ruptured implantsWhen an implant ruptures, scar tissue which forms around the implant can become painfully inflamed and can also change the shape of your breasts as more scar tissue develops.
Fortunately the government have stated that there are no serious, long-term health risks associated with ruptured implants so it doesn't increase your risk of breast cancer or connective tissue diseases.
Symptoms of implant ruptureThere are often no symptoms but some women have reported:
What to do if you think your implants have rupturedGo to your GP or the private healthcare provider who fitted your implants. If required you will be offered a mammogram, ultrasound, CT scan or MRI of the breast to confirm whether an implant rupture has occurred.
What happens if my implant has rupturedTreatment is usually the surgical removal of the split implant and scar tissue. You can decide whether or not to replace the original implant which is often free on the NHS if they fitted your originals or at an additional cost if they were implanted privately.
If you no longer want bigger breasts you don't have to have the implants replaced.
If you're not experiencing any discomfort you may want to weigh up the risks and benefits of additional surgery before committing.
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ruptured implant anybody else in the same boat
So sorry to hear you have a rupture hun. It must be stressful for you. I know how difficult i've found it having pips ever since the publicity started.
I 'm three weeks po having had them replaced. My mri in march didn't indicate any problems and i had no indications of rupture but when my consultant 'went in' turns out my right implant was completely ruptured and the left was leaking silicone everywhere cos the coating was non existent. It made the op much longer and recovery is a bit longer because he had to get rid of all the silicone so bit more bruising. I'm the sixth pip replacement my consultant has 'done' and 5 of us had ruptures. He never used the implants but he is one of the few consultants near me who has the skills to do the op because of the possible complications.
I'm part of a group of girls who were seeking compensation for having implants that were not fit for purpose but my solicitor is now going down a personal injury route. Have you sought legal advice? Might be the last thing on your mind right now i know!
Will the nhs help you? Or is your original consultant going to sort it out?
I hope you are getting support through this. Pm me if you want to chat more.