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A 47-year-old member asked:

is there anyway to make your breast implants from leaking or rupturing?

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Dr. James White
Cosmetic Surgery 31 years experience
Breast Implant Leak: As with any prosthetic devise, proper protection and care are necessary. Saline implants have a small percent of rupture which increases with the time that the implant is in place. Trauma from fall, breast or chest wall impact or from sudden deceleration due to air bags or seat belts have been reported. The newer silicone implants have semi-solid gel and are less likely to leak due to trauma.
Dr. Jason Lichten
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
No: Breast implants are a mechanical device that does not have an infinite life span. The walls do break down with time. Most often implants do not break from trauma or falls, just time. The rupture rate for a saline implant is about 10% in 10 years. For silicone it is 10% in 17 years.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No sure fire way: There are no definitive ways to stop your breast implants from leaking or rupturing but soon "semi-solid" implants will be available. These are also known as gummy bear implants. These are more likely to fracture than actually leak. Some patients do not like the firmness in early clinical trials but this is the only way to avoid a "leak".
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Not Life Long: Breast implants are like your car's tires in a small way: they both eventually wear out. Some women will wear them out before others, but as long as you live long enough, additional surgery awaits. The secondary operations can be very minor however if planned properly. :).
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Everything fails: Any man made product will eventually wear out, break or stop working. Implants are no exception - when they get old, the shell becomes more brittle, and more likely to tear. Whatever is inside (saline or silicone) can then leak out. So, implants are not "lifetime devices". They have to be replaced at some point in the future.

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