Do both silicone and saline breast implants rupture?

The idea of a breast implant rupturing terrifies me. That isn't going to stop me from going forward with breast augmentation surgery but I need to know whether silicone and saline breast implants are equally apt to rupture or is one more guaranteed against this happening than the other? Your informed response will have a huge impact on my journey toward my goal of getting breast augmentation surgery.

CuteCruncher

F, 24, Florida

Hi.  Both saline and silicone implants can rupture.  Saline implants seem to do this a little sooner than the newer silicone implants.  Even if they rupture, it is unlikely that this will pose a threat to your health.  However, when this happens, the implant needs to be replaced.  Best of luck with your breast augmentation!

Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 17 Breast Augmentation before & afters:

Breast Augmentation before image performed by Dr. Jonathan HeisteinBreast Augmentation after image performed by Dr. Jonathan HeisteinBreast Augmentation before image performed by Dr. Jonathan HeisteinBreast Augmentation after image performed by Dr. Jonathan HeisteinBreast Augmentation before image performed by Dr. Jonathan HeisteinBreast Augmentation after image performed by Dr. Jonathan HeisteinBreast Augmentation before image performed by Dr. Jonathan HeisteinBreast Augmentation after image performed by Dr. Jonathan Heistein

» View Dr. Jonathan Heistein's full profile

Yes both types of implants can rupture over time.  Rupture rates are pretty close although there are some silicone implants that in studies have shown slightly lower rupture rates than others.

Dr. Reza Momeni has 12 Breast Augmentation before & afters:

Breast Augmentation before image performed by Dr. Reza MomeniBreast Augmentation after image performed by Dr. Reza MomeniBreast Augmentation before image performed by Dr. Reza MomeniBreast Augmentation after image performed by Dr. Reza MomeniBreast Augmentation before image performed by Dr. Reza MomeniBreast Augmentation after image performed by Dr. Reza MomeniBreast Augmentation before image performed by Dr. Reza MomeniBreast Augmentation after image performed by Dr. Reza Momeni

» View Dr. Reza Momeni's full profile

Silicone and saline implants both rupture. Of course, if a saline implant ruptures you'll immediately know it. If a modern silicone gel implant ruptures, an MRI may be necessary to diagnose it. A ruptured implant is probably not of great concern, though we recommend implant exchange in those cases. Good luck!

Dr. Jonathan Zelken has 6 Breast augmentation, Breast lift, Tummytuck before & afters:

» View Dr. Jonathan Zelken's full profile