The rate of saline breast implant failure is extremely low, only one percent per year. This statistic, which is lower than the failure rate for silicone implants, is one reason why women considering breast augmentation may choose saline breast implants in the first place. Yet, even with such a low failure rate, what are the main contributing factors to deflation? And can they be avoided?
Stresses and Strains
The shell of the implant is usually to blame for any deflation. Most often, this occurs as a result of a weak point. If the implant folds over on itself inside its pocket, a “fold-flaw” develops that is susceptible to failure. The shell may also weaken as a result of age.
The implant valve is another potential source of implant deflation. If damaged, the valve can become defective, allowing the saline to leak out. Growth of tissue into the valve can also cause malfunction. The valve itself sometimes separates from the rest of the shell.
External force applied to an implant is rarely sufficient enough to cause a rupture, except in extreme cases like a car accident or other severe trauma.
Your Next Step
If you notice a sudden change in the appearance of your breasts after augmentation, you need to get in touch with your plastic surgeon. Saline is absorbed by the body, but you’ll still need a new implant to restore cosmetic balance.