Is it medically necessary to remove a ruptured silicone breast implant inserted in 1980?

I just found out that a silicone breast implant that was inserted in 1980 has ruptured. Is it medically necessary to remove the ruptured implant now?

Yes, if you have a ruptured silicone gel breast implant documented by MRI the implant should be removed. Older silicone implants do not have cohesive gel thus there is risk of "leakage" of silicone into the tisues. In addition your risk of capsular contracture may be increased.

Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS
Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS
195 Commonwealth AvenueBostonMA02116US

Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS

195 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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