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Warning signs of a ruptured PIP implant

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It's important to be aware of the signs that your PIP implant may have ruptured, and to know what to do.

A rupture is a split that occurs in the implant's casing. It can happen if:

  • the implant's shell gets weaker over time
  • the implant is damaged during the operation
  • there is a flaw in the implant
  • the breast is injured

If you have any of the following signs or symptoms, you should discuss them with your GP, who will refer you to a specialist:

  • lumpiness of the breast
  • lumpiness or swelling in the area around the breast
  • change in shape of the breast
  • deflation of the breast
  • redness
  • tenderness of the breast
  • swelling of the breast
  • pain or sensitivity

Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England, has issued GPs and surgeons with dedicated guidance on checking symptoms in women with PIP implants (PDF, 119kb).

Medical Review: July 01, 2012

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