“Even though silicone breast implants have been shown to be safe and most women do really well with them, there're still a lot of women who come in here that have reservations about using silicone and having silicone implants in their body.” - Dr. Naveen Setty
Do you have any reservations about silicone implants? When researching the different types of breast implants for your breast augmentation, you may have seen the term “silent rupture.” So, what exactly is silent rupture and why does it matter? At Setty Plastics and Aesthetics, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Naveen Setty wants his patients to feel completely comfortable in their decision to undergo cosmetic surgery. Here’s what you need to know about silent rupture.
Silicone Breast Implants And Silent Rupture
Silent rupture is when a woman gets a leak or break in her silicone gel breast implant (called a rupture), but she’s not aware that it has happened. A woman can go days, weeks, or even months without realizing the rupture has occurred. The only way to detect a silent rupture is with an MRI, which the FDA says women should get 3 years after the initial surgery, then every 2 years thereafter, after their breast augmentation. Unfortunately these types of MRIs are generally not covered by insurance, so a woman can expect to pay between $444 to $1468 out of pocket for each individual scan.* Though the FDA says this is the best method of detecting a silent rupture, MRIs are still not proven to be 100% reliable.
Once a silent rupture is detected, the implant should be removed and replaced as soon as possible. Even though silicone implants of today are much more cohesive than the older implants from the 80s and 90s, Dr. Setty says taking care of a silent rupture is still an involved process.“Depending on how long that rupture has been sitting there, (a lot of times we don't know that), the more chance the implant is going to move around. With that muscle contraction constantly squeezing that implant, eventually it's going to push out all that silicone gel. So it's still difficult to deal with.” - Dr. Setty
Removing silicone breast implants can take an hour or more, depending on how severe the rupture is. If the silicone gel has spread, surgery can take longer. Dr. Setty says, “We have to be much more thorough in removing all the scar tissue and making sure we get all that silicone out.
From a recovery standpoint, it will add more time because of having to remove that scar tissue.
So that definitely makes it more difficult at the time of surgery as well as afterwards.”
What Other Plastic Surgeons Won’t Tell You
The majority of plastic surgeons around the nation may believe that silent rupture isn’t a real concern for women, but there they would be wrong. In a 2017 Independent Survey, over 900 women were asked about silicone implants and silent rupture. Here were some of the results:
98% of women said they would be concerned about silent rupture with silicone gel implants.
95% of women say they would want a ruptured silicone gel implant removed, even if they didn’t show symptoms, and
89% of women reported they were “less likely to choose silicone gel” after learning of the FDA’s MRI recommendations.
The Answer for Silent Rupture is the IDEAL IMPLANT®
Why stress about silent rupture if you don’t have to? Women can get a beautiful, natural look and feel with the new IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Saline Breast Implants. These implants were designed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who dealt with ruptured silicone breast implants for years. After listening to patient concerns, he believed it was time for women to have a new type of breast implant – one that would combine the natural feel of a silicone gel implant with only saline inside for safety and peace of mind. Dr. Setty says his patients like the IDEAL IMPLANT because there’s no need to worry about silent rupture or routine MRIs. “With the IDEAL IMPLANT I can give direct comfort to patients. They don't have to worry about monitoring them afterwards like you do with silicone implants.” - Dr. Setty
If you experience a rupture in your IDEAL IMPLANT, you’ll be able to see it with a quick glance in the mirror. The dual-chamber design of these unique breast implants will allow for only partial deflation, so you won’t look completely lopsided and you can get the implant replaced on your time table. Switching out an IDEAL IMPLANT that has ruptured is a quick and easy process that can be done in 30 minutes or less. Because the only thing leaking into the body is saline, patients don’t have to worry about sticky silicone gel getting into their body.
Dr. Setty is an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Network Surgeon offering the latest technology to women in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. Dr. Setty stands among the nation’s most experienced IDEAL IMPLANT surgeons, with unsurpassed expertise in helping women achieve the beautiful results they want, without compromising their peace of mind. Call Dr. Setty at 972-842-0900 to book your no-obligation consultation today!