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What are the side effects of silicone breast implant leaking?

What are the side effects of silicone breast implant leaking?

Cohesiveness?: Silicone implants vary in the consistency of the filling gel. This is known as the degree of cohesiveness. If you suspected a rupture, you would have to go for imaging such as an MRI or ultrasound becuase most ruptured modern silicone implants will maintain their shape which is known as a silent rupture. Failure to treat a ruptured silicone implant may lead to foreign body granuloma formation. ...Read more

Dr. Otto Placik
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Breast Implants (Definition)

A medical device that is used to augment the size of the breast by increasing the volume of the breast mound. Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures and are surgically inserted either under the breast tissue or in a deeper plane under the muscle. The shell of the implant is made of a flexible silicone elastomer. The inside is filled with either silicone ...Read more


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If you were to have silicon breast implants and they started leaking how fast would you need to have them removed?

If you were to have silicon breast implants and they started leaking how fast would you need to have them removed?

Sooner than later: While not an emergency, they should be removed when you are fit enough to do so. Call your local board certified plastic surgeon. They will guide you through this. ...Read more

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How different does saline feel vs silicone breast implants?

How different does saline feel vs silicone breast implants?

Breast Implant feel: Silicone gel implants integrate better with breast tissue and feel more natural and softer. Saline implants are filled with salt water and are not as soft. This is more noticeable in patients with thinner tissues. Occasionally patients with saline implants also can feel a "slosh" from fluid "movement" within the implant shell; however, this is rare. ...Read more

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Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

No but.....: There is no direct link but there are concerns with the potential for implants to interfere with the detection of cancer. Particularly using mammograms. Special views (eklund) must be obtained. Alhtough there may be a delay in diagnosis, there has not been shown to be any effect on survival. With mri, surveillance is improved and may supplant mammography. As stated, alcl may be increased but rare. ...Read more

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Can silicone breast implants stay in for life?

Can silicone breast implants stay in for life?

Possible not probabl: While I have removed intact implants that have been in for over 35 years, it is unlikely that at your age (29), current implants with last for your percieved life span. Therefore, while it is possible, it is more likely that you will require removal and replacement for a variety of different reasons including rupture but not limited to size change or scarring or shape change with aging. ...Read more

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Do I need to replace my silicone breast implants?

Do I need to replace my silicone breast implants?

If problem exist: Breast implants, saline or silicone, only need replacing if you have a problem such as contracture or rupture. ...Read more

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Who was the first to develop silicone breast implants?

Who was the first to develop silicone breast implants?

Dow Corning + Cronin: Dow corning corporation (no longer in existence) is attributed with producing the first widely available silicone breast implants as well as silicone for other medical devices under the clinical guidance of dr. S cronin and gerow in 1961. A loosely based entertaining story on the history starred david shwimmer and is called "breast men ". ...Read more

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In north dakota can you get silicone breast implants at age 18?

In north dakota can you get silicone breast implants at age 18?

Not Unless: Saline implants are fda approved for augmentation in women 18 years of age and older. Silicone implants are fda approved for augmentation in women age 22 and older. Saline or silicone implants may be recommended at a younger age if used for reconstruction purposes. ...Read more

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Why is the age requirement for silicone breast implants 22 years old?

Why is the age requirement for silicone breast implants 22 years old?

NO LOGICAL REASON: Other than administrative bureaucrats making this decision. I have had the same question when 21 years seems to be the age of consent for all other adult behaviors. It appears that the fda wants to give adult women one more year to think about it. There is no logical reason for this arbitrary cutoff. ...Read more

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Are silicone breast implants safe in the long run?

Are silicone breast implants safe in the long run?

Yes: Implants are probably one of the most thoroughly researched devices implanted into human beings. On a lighter note- my kids played dodge ball with a couple of implants for weeks and they held up- far more intense potential damage than any mammogram, etc would do to an implant :). ...Read more

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Can I get silicone breast implants at 20 years old?

Can I get silicone breast implants at 20 years old?

Off label: This would be an off label use but it can be done. Your doctor should give you this information and document it. You should acknowledge that you have been given the information by signing the consent form. ...Read more

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Which is more effective and hurts less saline or silicone breast implants?

Which is more effective and hurts less saline or silicone breast implants?

Both/ neither: While both are "effective" at making your breasts larger, silicone implants are far superior to saline in a number of ways. The pain involved is mostly related to whether the implants are placed in front of the muscle or behind the muscle. If using silicone, because of the natural feel and lack of ripples, it is possible to place the implant in from of the muscle, so less painful! ...Read more

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If I breastfeed with silicone breast implants, can my baby get some kind of deformity?

If I breastfeed with silicone breast implants, can my baby get some kind of deformity?

No evidence: There is no evidence that shows that breast feeding a child when you have silicone implants in place, will cause any problems whatsoever to your child. This is an incredibly common procedure world-wide and you should not be concerned about this as a problem. You should discuss other more common potential problems with your plastic surgeon prior to having this procedure done. ...Read more

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Why are silicone breast implants back on the market? I remember when silicone breast implants were taken off the market back in the 1990s. It surprised me when I learned that silicone is once again being used in implants. Is the silicone used now differen

Why are silicone breast implants back on the market? I remember when silicone breast implants were taken off the market back in the 1990s. It surprised me when I learned that silicone is once again being used in implants. Is the silicone used now differen

Yes: Silicone implants are back on the market because there was never a proven scientific cause relating them to any disease. They feel more natural than saline implants and are as safe. The shell and the inner gel are of much better quality than those used in the 70's and 80's. ...Read more

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Are silicone breast implants safe?

Yes: Silicone breast implants are proven to be safe and effective, according to the fda. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of silicone breast implants?

What are the risks and benefits of silicone breast implants?

FDA POSITION: This is a long and detailed discussion. While these implants are relatively safe, all surgery carries risksyou may also want to review the fda position statement on this subject: http://www. Fda. Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default. Htm
the benefits are the improvement in self-esteem and self-confidence that you will feel with your new figure. ...Read more

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I had 650 cc silicone breast implants 6 days ago. The pain seems to get worst everyday it feels like I have 2 hard rocks on top of me is this normal?

No: After surgery you should get better with each day. If you are feeling worse, contact your doctor and make sure you are seen as soon as possible. 650cc implants are very large and it is possible that the skin is just very tight, particularly if the implants are under the muscle. ...Read more

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Had silicone breast implants 5 months ago, and now my liver enzymes are elevated does this have anything to do with the surgery?

Had silicone breast implants 5 months ago, and now my liver enzymes are elevated does this have anything to do with the surgery?

Liver Enzymes: The liver is the chemical processing plant of your body. Whenever you consume alcohol or certain substances the liver enzymes can become elevated. Other causes may be infections, gallstones, or other issues. See your primary care doctor to begin you investigation. Implants are unlikely to be the cause. ...Read more

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I have silicone breast implants. Is a mammogram just as good as an MRI to check for breast cancer?

I have silicone breast implants. Is a mammogram just as good as an MRI to check for breast cancer?

Start with mammogram: Mri may be used in the detection of leaks in persons with silicone breast implants; however, mammogram is the place to start for screening for breast ca. If indicated, the radiologist or breast specialist may then order additional tests such as ultrasound or mri. ...Read more

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For how long can I wait to remove my silicone breast implant if leaking?

Get removed: There has been much made about the risk of ruptured silicone implants. The recommendation from the fda is to have any ruptured silicone implants removed. New implants can be placed at the same operation. I am not aware of any studies that show major problems or tests for silicone toxicity. Even with that, see a board certified plastic surgeon to consider removal of the implants and silicone. ...Read more

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If I get breast implant and my husband press my boobs, will silicone leak?

Leaking implant: Yes, if he presses hard enough. If you have a leak, you should be visiting your plastic surgeon for surgical removal and repair. ...Read more

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How much time can I wait to remove my silicone breast implant, it's leaking?

How much time can I wait to remove my silicone breast implant, it's leaking?

Not an emergency: But most plastic surgeons will advice a patient to have this corrected sooner than later. The silicone gel (or saline) is not toxic. The leak may be contained in the capsule the body has formed around the implant or it may extrude outside the capsule and leak into the breast tissue. This is not dangerous but the longer waiting can make the plastic surgeon's job a little more difficult. ...Read more

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How many women that has a silicon breast implant and has MS symptoms may have a leak?

How many women that has a silicon breast implant and has MS symptoms may have a leak?

No relationship: Silicon breast implants are inert and have no effect on ms, and vice versa, the ms has no effect on the breast implant either. Talk to a plastic surgeon regarding the implant, and, see a neurologist to keep control of ms. ...Read more

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Do you know are silicone or saline breast implants safer?

Do you know are silicone or saline breast implants safer?

FDA POSITION: This is a long and detailed discussion. While these implants are relatively safe, all surgery carries risksyou may also want to review the 60 page fda position statement on this subject: http://www. Fda. Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default. Htm
although saline implants are perceived to have less risks they differ for medical/cosmetic concern. ...Read more

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Will silicone gel-filled breast implants affect my mammograms?

Will silicone gel-filled breast implants affect my mammograms?

Yes: The presence of any implant, saline or silicone, will affect how the mammograms are performed. If the test is completed in a standard fashion there may be up to 15% of the breast tissue that still will require additional imaging. ...Read more

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Had a baby in April would like to remove breast implants that are silicone under the muscle. How long will surgery take? Recovery? Can I do it now?

Had a baby in April would like to remove breast implants that are silicone under the muscle. How long will surgery take? Recovery? Can I do it now?

Breast Implants: Recommend to see the surgeon who put them in, if possible or another surgeon to remove them. Yes, it is okay to remove them now, if you are not breastfeeding. Surgery SHOULD not be long, unless a lot of adhesions or complications. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I have breast implants (silicone gel) for 10 years now and I feel something similar to air bubbles on both my breasts. Is there something to worry about?

I have breast implants (silicone gel) for 10 years now and I feel something similar to air bubbles on both my breasts. Is there something to worry about?

Sometimes: This is not likely due to air bubbles, but may be a sign that the pocket around the implants is tightening. It may be something that can be safely ignored, but if it is bothering you, it can be fixed. If it is something to worry about, it can be brought to a quick resolution with a quick check-up with your plastic surgeon, or any board certified plastic surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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Will silicone implants used in a cheek augmentation provide a better shape than other options? I'm considering using silicone implants for my cheek augmentation, are they made from the same material as breast implants, or are they more durable? .

Will silicone implants used in a cheek augmentation provide a better shape than other options? I'm considering using silicone implants for my cheek augmentation, are they made from the same material as breast implants, or are they more durable? .

Solid silicone: Cheek silicone implants are made of solid silicone so no risk of rupture. They are safe and chosen properly can be really nice. However, not done properly, they can be mal positioned or have visible contour and look awkward. ...Read more

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Are saline breast implants safer than silicone? I'm debating which to get.

Are saline breast implants safer than silicone? I'm debating which to get.

Saline vs Silicone: Right now, both are considered safe by the FDA. Know that BOTH saline and implants have an outer silicone shell. Both have similar risk of capsular contracture, infection and scarring. Silicone implants feel more like real breasts. However, when placed behind the pectoralis muscle, it's difficult to tell the difference. In-depth Plastic Surgery consultation is recommended to find out what's best ...Read more

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What happens when a women have breast implants silicone and then she's having a baby years later?

Breast Changes: How a woman's breasts change (with or without previous breast augmentation) during and after pregnancy varies greatly. Most women will experience a decrease in breast size (involutional hypoplasia) and some degree of breast “droop". Generally, the breast implants remain unchanged. Sometimes, patients benefit from “revisionary” breast surgery after pregnancy. Most are able to breast-feed. ...Read more

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What to do if I want to get breast implants, probably silicone under the muscle. How strong are they?

Strong: Implants are strong and stretch when pressured. They break after wearing out over time. Contracture may increase the folding and risk of leak. ...Read more

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What to do if I am getting breast implants in three weeks I don't know what to get silicone or saline.?

Pros and Cons: Both are acceptable. For silicone:
PROS: Less of an edge, so harder to "feel" them when touching breast; no rippling; lighter; "more natural" contour (slopes down at top) -- this varies
CONS: Require slightly larger incision, not size-adjustable, cost more (about $1000 depending on brand/size/type), requires MRIs in future for breast screening instead of mammograms.
IF YOU ARE NOT SURE -- WAIT! ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the long term dangers of silicon breast implants?

Rupture: The most common risk with silicone implants that are not replaced would be rupture. Ruptured implants can lead to capsular contracture and spread of the silicone into the breast tissue and possibly lymph nodes. Silicone implants should be replaced at around the ten year mark as recommended by the manufacturers. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more


Silicone (Definition)

Silicones are inert, synthetic compounds with a variety of forms and uses. Typically rubber-like, they are used medically in breast implants and to replace arthritic mp ...Read more