What do you do if your breast implant deflates?
Implants can be covered under a manufacturer’s warranty, so replacement cost might be lower than you expect. A ruptured saline implant, while it poses no health risk, will probably look and feel strange. If you have silicone implants, damage can only be diagnosed with an MRI.
While it is far from a common occurrence, implant deflation can happen for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the problem occurs when the implants are filled beyond (or below) the manufacturer’s recommended fill range. Other times, the texture of a saline implant can result in excessive wrinkling and premature wear, causing the implant to fail. Even regular wear and tear over time can cause breast implant deflation, and your lifestyle can also play a role in the longevity of your breast implants.
A deflated implant can be safely removed and replaced in a surgical procedure similar to the original breast augmentation. Usually the same breast augmentation incision is used to approach the deflated implant. While all this might seem like a hassle, the good news is that recovery from breast implant repair surgery is usually easier than the original surgery, since the pectoralis muscle has already been stretched.