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Our patient in this video came in for removal and replacement of her PIP implants. She had her implants inserted in 2001, and thinks they are both ruptured, but she wasn’t certain.

The surgical director of Aurora Clinics, Adrian Richards introduces the video with this information, and also adds the patient has a low nipple position. An uplift was discussed, but the patient decided against it as she wasn’t keen on the scarring it would leave.

Mr Richards begins the video by focusing on the old scar which is 6.5cm. He removes this to create the pocket he will remove the implant from. Immediately as the breast is opened, creamy fluid and silicone begins to spill out. After squeezing a lot of the free standing silicone out, the implant is removed. The shell comes out with virtually no silicone still inside it and the shell is split entirely into two pieces. The breast is cleaned out of all remaining silicone and fluid before the new implant is inserted.

Moving on to the next breast, fluid immediately starts pouring out of the breast, much like the other one, although there was little to no free silicone coming with it. Mr Richards carefully removes the implant, which is still in one piece, with a small rupture in the back. Despite it only being a small rupture, it was a very dark shade of yellow, and there was a lot of fluid still to come out. The rest of the fluid was cleaned out of the breast before inserting the implant on this side.

When comparing the ruptured PIPs at the end, it is clear that no matter what state your PIP implants are in they can certainly be detrimental to your health. Two opposite types of rupture can be seen from this one patient, but there was still an abundance of fluid on both sides. Ruptures in PIPs can spread rapidly, but we are still unsure of how fast. We think we can conclude from all the patients we have seen that the longer you have PIP implants in your breasts then the higher chance you will have a rupture.

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