Will I be able to tell if my silicone implants rupture?

I'm sold on the idea of getting silicone over saline implants but I'm deathly afraid of a rupture and I've been cautioned that a rupture's harder to detect when the implants are silicone. Are there symptoms to watch out for that might indicate there's been a rupture if I do ultimately opt for silicone implants? There must be something to look out for.


F, 31, New Jersey

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 early silicone implant rupture is very difficult to detect by the patient or the surgeon, that is why MRI is recommended every 2 to 3 years after you have breast implants With silicone filling, so that ruptures can be detected. If the implants stay too long of course the Silicon can irritate the surrounding tissue, and that will eventually become symptomatic, but the idea is to pick up the leak with MRI before you ever have symptoms. With saline implants there is no need for MRI becauimplants going to get smaller as the saline leaks out, so it's the decreasing size of the implant that is very simple to detect for a patient.

Thank you for the question and there are no symptoms associated with a silicone ruptur as the implants today are cohesive and stick together.  An MRI is the best way to detect a rupture but even if ruptured there are no medical problems that have been linked to silicone

Dr Corbin


You probably would never know if your implant ruptures, which is why the FDA recommends MRI every 2 years to assess for silent rupture. Of course, if the implant is ruptured, you and your surgeon may decide to do nothing about it.

HI Dawn

Rupture of silicone implants is very tough to detect.  FDA wants you to get an MRI to detect silent leaks 3 years after placement, and thereafter every two years.  No need to be deathly afraid of rupture.

Signs of rupture are not always apparent.  You may see a change in shape or firmness, which is not diagnostic.  Other than that, MRI is the gold standard.