13 y/o implants and chest pain / extreme pressure esp when exercising. Help! What's happening? Is this the beginning of a rupture/contracture?

I've had saline implants with no complications for 13 years now, and just a few weeks ago my breasts started to get tender, with a constant dull pain/pressure in my chest muscle that increases when I exercise. In fact, when I left weights (not super heavy or anything). I feel like the implants are going to burst!

Hopefully this anxiety is in my head but I'm wondering what it could be? Normal wear and tear after 13 yrs? Also, they have changed somewhat in shape but nothing too drastic yet.

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (4)


2 months ago by Tom Pousti, M.D.

Best to have an examination. It's difficult for online consultants to give accurate advice.

Tom Pousti MD
www.PoustiPlasticSurgery.com

2 months ago by Tom Pousti, M.D. (View Profile)

Best to have an examination. It's difficult for online consultants to give accurate advice.

Tom Pousti MD
www.PoustiPlasticSurgery.com


2 months ago by Stephen Greenberg, MD

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry to hear about the recent discomfort that you are experiencing and I encourage you (if you have not done so already) to follow up with a local board-certified plastic surgeon for an in-person evaluation. Patients are encouraged to replace saline breast implants every 8-10 years (they are not lifetime devices) and considering that you have had your implants for 13 years, I recommend getting an exam to determine what's causing your discomfort and to assess the current "health" of your saline breast implants. It is possible that the discomfort is related to your implants, but it is also possible that it is related to some muscular strain as a result of activity or use.

Please follow up with a board-certified plastic surgeon for evaluation.

2 months ago by Stephen Greenberg, MD (View Profile)

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry to hear about the recent discomfort that you are experiencing and I encourage you (if you have not done so already) to follow up with a local board-certified plastic surgeon for an in-person evaluation. Patients are encouraged to replace saline breast implants every 8-10 years (they are not lifetime devices) and considering that you have had your implants for 13 years, I recommend getting an exam to determine what's causing your discomfort and to assess the current "health" of your saline breast implants. It is possible that the discomfort is related to your implants, but it is also possible that it is related to some muscular strain as a result of activity or use.

Please follow up with a board-certified plastic surgeon for evaluation.


2 months ago by Joseph Cruise, MD

Unfortunately, it is impossible to tell what is going on without a physical examination. I would recommend an evaluation by either your plastic surgeon or primary doctor, along with having an MRI or ultrasound to check the integrity of the implants.

2 months ago by Joseph Cruise, MD (View Profile)

Unfortunately, it is impossible to tell what is going on without a physical examination. I would recommend an evaluation by either your plastic surgeon or primary doctor, along with having an MRI or ultrasound to check the integrity of the implants.


2 months ago by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery

Without an exam or photos, it is difficult to offer any reliable advice. Contracture can feel like tightening or discomfort, however, this process is progressive, not sudden. It typically begins with a slight hardening which is palpable and progresses to being visible. The final stage of a contracture becomes uncomfortable.

I would recommend a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS) to rule out more serious concerns.

2 months ago by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

Without an exam or photos, it is difficult to offer any reliable advice. Contracture can feel like tightening or discomfort, however, this process is progressive, not sudden. It typically begins with a slight hardening which is palpable and progresses to being visible. The final stage of a contracture becomes uncomfortable.

I would recommend a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS) to rule out more serious concerns.


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