Breast implants have many serious short-term and long-term side effects. Breast implants do not last forever, but the side effects of silicone toxicity can last a lifetime. All of them eventually break and need to be replaced.
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Breast Implant Problems After 10 Years
All breast implants will eventually break. Some break during the first few months or years, while others last more than 15 years. There is no way to know how long a breast implant will last. This is why the FDA recommends getting an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan 3 years after you receive breast implants, and every 2 years afterward.
Common Side Effects of Breast Implants
Side effects like pain, infection, hardening, or needing another surgery are experienced by 50% of first-time breast implant patients and 75% of breast cancer reconstruction patients within the first 3 years.
Saline vs. Silicone Implant Side Effects
Saline breast implant surgery has an overall complication rate of 27.6%. Approximately 25.8% of patients need another operation for deflation or capsular contracture.
Silicone breast implants require another operation within 3 years in 46% of women. Between 3-20% break within 3 years, over 50% break within 10 years, and nearly all silicone implants break within 20 years.
Breastfeeding & Mammograms
Breast implants can make it harder (or impossible) to breastfeed. They also make it harder to detect breast cancer on a mammogram. The force of compression during mammograms can break breast implants.
Breast Implant Rupture Symptoms
All breast implants leak silicone into the body, and potentially into breast-milk. Even un-ruptured breast implants can leak silicone (a complication known as “gel bleed”), which is why they usually coated in a slippery silicone goo when they are removed. The silicone may stay near the implant or travel to other parts of the body.
Symptoms of Ruptured Breast Implants
Breast implants do not always cause symptoms when they break open. This is called a “silent rupture.” If symptoms do appear, they may include:
- Change in breast size or shape
- Pain, soreness, burning, tingling)
- Swelling in the beast
- Hard lumps or knots in your breast
- Hardening or softening of breast
- Capsular contracture
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Silicone traveling to other parts of the body
Hard Lumps & Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis
Hard lumps under the skin around the implant can be mistaken for cancer on a mammogram, resulting in additional surgery. They are actually due to calcification, or deposits of calcium (not bone formation) as a consequence of a chronic inflammatory response.
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL)
Chronic inflammation in the breast is a risk-factor for Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), a cancer of the immune system. It starts in white blood cells that fight “foreign invaders,” and many women with breast implants are diagnosed when cancerous cells are detected in the fluid around their breast implant. ALCL is a rare but aggressive type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In March 2017, the FDA reported 359 cases of ALCL and 9 deaths were linked to breast implants.
Bacterial Contamination & Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture occurs in 10-50% of women with breast implants. Tissue tightens around the implant over time, resulting in progressive hardening of the breast and squeezing of the implant.
Bacterial contamination of the implant during surgery increases the risk of contracture, especially implants with a textured silicone shell. Recent studies show that the textured surface makes it easy for bacteria to create an impenetrable coating (biofilm) that the immune system can’t destroy.
Breast Implant Infection Symptoms
Infections occur in 2-4% of breast implant surgeries. Not everyone has symptoms. Bacterial coatings (biofilm) can cause low-level infections, inflammation, and excessive scar-tissue growth around the implant. This tissue is more likely to harden and cause capsular contracture. The early symptoms of a major infection may include:
- Hematoma (blood pocket)
- Seroma (fluid buildup)
- Discharge from the incision
- Wound separation
Breast Implant Complications
The potential complications of breast surgery with silicone and saline breast implants include:
- Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL)
- Anesthesia risks
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Autoimmune disease
- Breast or nipple numbness or pain
- Breastfeeding problems
- Capsular contracture (hardening of breast tissue)
- Chronic breast pain
- Connective-tissue disease
- Cognitive impairment
- Eosinophilic fasciitis
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Memory loss
- Metal poisoning from silicone
- Mondor’s Disease
- Necrosis (tissue death)
- Need for additional surgery
- Neurological disease
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Organ damage
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Raynaud’s Phenomenon
- Rupture or leakage
- Seroma (fluid around the implant)
- Severe scarring
- Silicone migration to other parts of the body
- Skin rash
- Surgical risks
- Systemic Sclerosis
- Toxic Shock Syndrome
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