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A recent ultrasound of my breasts (as a routine test as they tested a lump in my armpit) showed ‘a fluid collection inferior to my left implant, however the rest of the implant seems intact’. I had my implants done 3 years ago, and I have no pain or swelling or any symptoms in that boob. Has anyone else had this and was it the implant leaking or something else? What tests were done next to assess further? 

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Hey Love so sorry to hear about your concerns. I had a ruptured silicon implant replaced on January 15, 2018.  They found the possible ruptured when I had my mammogram, plus the ultrasound.  My past implants were 35 years old when they were replaced.  When PS began the removal there was also a small rupture in the other breast.  Here in the States most PS recommend massaging the breast.  Have you tried this?  I pray they will find the cause and the cure.

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Hey @MelbGal sorry I can't help with experience. Are you seeing a GP, your plastic surgeon or other specialist? I had a lump in my breast years back (long before I had implants) and straight after the ultrasound they did what is called a "needle aspiration" where they withdraw a small amount of fluid to test the cells, they found they were benign - the test did not hurt at all. I would assume they may aspirate the fluid in your breast to check the cells or to see if it is fluid leaking from the implant. When do you go back your medical practitioner for further advice/tests?

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16 hours ago, MelbGal said:

A recent ultrasound of my breasts (as a routine test as they tested a lump in my armpit) showed ‘a fluid collection inferior to my left implant, however the rest of the implant seems intact’. I had my implants done 3 years ago, and I have no pain or swelling or any symptoms in that boob. Has anyone else had this and was it the implant leaking or something else? What tests were done next to assess further? 

I've had fluid near my implants twice...first time they couldn't find a reason for this (spontaneous seroma was given as an explanation) and second time I had chronic inflammation plus fluid which never settled down...after repeated fine needle aspirations of the fluid, which kept returning, I was forced to have the implant removed :( 

It may be nothing so don't worry but it could be serious so best to get checked out...

Is it a textured implant? Or even a poly coated one like a silimed or the German polytech brand breast implant?

 

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2 hours ago, sabP said:

Hey @MelbGal sorry I can't help with experience. Are you seeing a GP, your plastic surgeon or other specialist? I had a lump in my breast years back (long before I had implants) and straight after the ultrasound they did what is called a "needle aspiration" where they withdraw a small amount of fluid to test the cells, they found they were benign - the test did not hurt at all. I would assume they may aspirate the fluid in your breast to check the cells or to see if it is fluid leaking from the implant. When do you go back your medical practitioner for further advice/tests?

So I originally went to my GP just for the lump in my underarm, and as a routine procedure she sent me for an ultrasound on my armpit and boobs. That’s when they reported the fluid pocket. The GP then suggested to contact my surgeon or any plastic surgeon for that matter just so they can review the films and advise. I’m just waiting on my surgeon to get back to me, but I did assume I may need an aspiration to test the fluid but the GP wanted my surgeon to advise first. I just want to make sure it’s not from the implant that’s all. Who did the needle aspiration for you? 

22 minutes ago, Missbolt-ons said:

I've had fluid near my implants twice...first time they couldn't find a reason for this (spontaneous seroma was given as an explanation) and second time I had chronic inflammation plus fluid which never settled down...after repeated fine needle aspirations of the fluid, which kept returning, I was forced to have the implant removed  

It may be nothing so don't worry but it could be serious so best to get checked out...

Is it a textured implant? Or even a poly coated one like a silimed or the German polytech brand breast implant?

 

So they’re textured implants, I can’t remeber the brand but I think Silimed? So when you had the fluid repeatedly drained, did it always come back as negative for silicon but just a random build up of fluid? Did you have any other symptoms like pain or swelling because I don’t have any symptoms at all

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17 hours ago, MelbGal said:

So I originally went to my GP just for the lump in my underarm, and as a routine procedure she sent me for an ultrasound on my armpit and boobs. That’s when they reported the fluid pocket. The GP then suggested to contact my surgeon or any plastic surgeon for that matter just so they can review the films and advise. I’m just waiting on my surgeon to get back to me, but I did assume I may need an aspiration to test the fluid but the GP wanted my surgeon to advise first. I just want to make sure it’s not from the implant that’s all. Who did the needle aspiration for you? 

So they’re textured implants, I can’t remeber the brand but I think Silimed? So when you had the fluid repeatedly drained, did it always come back as negative for silicon but just a random build up of fluid? Did you have any other symptoms like pain or swelling because I don’t have any symptoms at all

Yes, fluid would just return within a couple of days, I also had a poly coated breast implant...you have to understand that certain textured implants, the poly coated ones I'm talking about, can cause chronic inflammation in your breast...and fluid...in some people...

No, I didn't have any pain or swelling...

My plastic surgeon had no idea what was going on but chose to remove it because these can also be the early signs of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, my breast cavity was also extremely inflamed when he opened me up too :(

It is HIGHLY UNLIKELY to be anything this serious, but I would return to your plastic surgeon to get it checked and also you must get the fluid tested if there is enough of it to aspirate (usually more than 30-40cc).

Hope this info helps x

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4 hours ago, Missbolt-ons said:

Yes, fluid would just return within a couple of days, I also had a poly coated breast implant...you have to understand that certain textured implants, the poly coated ones I'm talking about, can cause chronic inflammation in your breast...and fluid...in some people...

No, I didn't have any pain or swelling...

My plastic surgeon had no idea what was going on but chose to remove it because these can also be the early signs of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, my breast cavity was also extremely inflamed when he opened me up too :(

It is HIGHLY UNLIKELY to be anything this serious, but I would return to your plastic surgeon to get it checked and also you must get the fluid tested if there is enough of it to aspirate (usually more than 30-40cc).

Hope this info helps x

This was pretty much my experience however, my  chronic inflammmation became very bad at the end and I had a very noticable size difference between the breasts from the fluid - when I had my implants removed, my surgeon said the side with the fluid was also very oozy and inflamed.

My implants have been out since October and I feel a million times better. I will wait until October this year before new implants.

 

I also want to add that I has Nagor GFX implants which are Macro textured. I asked to keep them after surgery and the inflammed side the implant was yellow and had little air bubbles in it where as my right was completely intact and looked normal.
A few weeks after my surgery I was playing with the implants and the yellow one completely burst so I believe that I also had some kind of gel bleed from the implant which would have not helped things at all.

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On 29/03/2018 at 1:09 PM, TheFox said:

This was pretty much my experience however, my  chronic inflammmation became very bad at the end and I had a very noticable size difference between the breasts from the fluid - when I had my implants removed, my surgeon said the side with the fluid was also very oozy and inflamed.

My implants have been out since October and I feel a million times better. I will wait until October this year before new implants.

 

I also want to add that I has Nagor GFX implants which are Macro textured. I asked to keep them after surgery and the inflammed side the implant was yellow and had little air bubbles in it where as my right was completely intact and looked normal.
A few weeks after my surgery I was playing with the implants and the yellow one completely burst so I believe that I also had some kind of gel bleed from the implant which would have not helped things at all.

Wow! That’s full on hey! I just wish we could have more insight into our boobs without having to be opened up! I have absolutely no symptoms whatsoever in my boobs, no pain, no heat, no swelling. It was just seen by chance. I’m just wondering that if they drain some of the fluid and test it, they’ll obviously be able to tell if it’s the implants contents or just fluid. If it’s just fluid for whatever reason, but it’s not causing me any grief does it really matter? I’d hate to take my implants out if they’re not causing me any trouble. I’d be devastated if it’s a leak, what are the chances! I haven’t had any impact to them, no bumps or accidents to say they may have burst. Is it possible to have fluid in there for no apparent reason?

On 29/03/2018 at 8:10 AM, Missbolt-ons said:

Yes, fluid would just return within a couple of days, I also had a poly coated breast implant...you have to understand that certain textured implants, the poly coated ones I'm talking about, can cause chronic inflammation in your breast...and fluid...in some people...

No, I didn't have any pain or swelling...

My plastic surgeon had no idea what was going on but chose to remove it because these can also be the early signs of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, my breast cavity was also extremely inflamed when he opened me up too

It is HIGHLY UNLIKELY to be anything this serious, but I would return to your plastic surgeon to get it checked and also you must get the fluid tested if there is enough of it to aspirate (usually more than 30-40cc).

Hope this info helps x

I don’t suppose you had any health issues around the time of the fluid issues with your boobs? I’ve had some health issues over the last couple of years, granted I’m due for some pretty full on sinus surgery in 3 weeks and could well be causing most my issues. But how can we know for sure if our implants are causing some health problems, even if the implant itself isn’t actually ‘leaking’ but causing some sort of inflammatory response in the body? What other tests could be performed to know if the breast capsule is in some sort of damage control simply due to a foreign object being put in there!

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22 hours ago, MelbGal said:

Wow! That’s full on hey! I just wish we could have more insight into our boobs without having to be opened up! I have absolutely no symptoms whatsoever in my boobs, no pain, no heat, no swelling. It was just seen by chance. I’m just wondering that if they drain some of the fluid and test it, they’ll obviously be able to tell if it’s the implants contents or just fluid. If it’s just fluid for whatever reason, but it’s not causing me any grief does it really matter? I’d hate to take my implants out if they’re not causing me any trouble. I’d be devastated if it’s a leak, what are the chances! I haven’t had any impact to them, no bumps or accidents to say they may have burst. Is it possible to have fluid in there for no apparent reason?

I don’t suppose you had any health issues around the time of the fluid issues with your boobs? I’ve had some health issues over the last couple of years, granted I’m due for some pretty full on sinus surgery in 3 weeks and could well be causing most my issues. But how can we know for sure if our implants are causing some health problems, even if the implant itself isn’t actually ‘leaking’ but causing some sort of inflammatory response in the body? What other tests could be performed to know if the breast capsule is in some sort of damage control simply due to a foreign object being put in there!

My MRI was able to show that the implant had big folds in it (the style of implant is underfilled so it doe fold more) over time the constant rubbing of the shell against itself can cause a loss of integrity in the implant - mine were notorious for this happening
If you have no symptoms and they have drained the fluid and tested it for ALCL then  I would not worry about having surgery unless your doctor or surgeon said they absolutely had to come out

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