Breast Implant Rupture Leak

Can a Breast Implant Rupture After An Accident?

Yes. The most common type of accident which can rupture a breast implant is a car accident.

Can a Breast Implant Rupture or Leak After a Car Accident?

Yes, the impact of a seatbelt against the breast during a car accident can rupture a breast implant causing it to leak. Within a few days, a breast with a saline implant may look slightly deflated. Silicone implants take longer to look deflated.

Either the driver, front-seat passenger, or rear seat passenger in a car accident can experience a breast implant rupture causing the implant to leak.

Is a Breast Implant Rupture An Emergency?

No. At the time of an accident, you probably won’t know that your breast implant ruptured. When a saline implant ruptures, the saline (saltwater) is absorbed by the body and will not cause any harm. When a silicone implant ruptures, the thick gel leaks out more slowly than saline. Although not an emergency, a silicone implant should be promptly removed to spreading to other parts of the body.

How You Can Tell If You Have a Breast Implant Leak

A breast implant leak can occur slowly over a period of days. Usually only one of the breast implants is ruptured but both implants will need to be replaced.

When your breast implant leaks, you may begin to notice that one of the breasts looks a little flatter and deflated as compared to the other. If you have a car accident and notice that one of your breasts seems to be changing shape or appears to be flatter or deflating, you probably have a leaking implant.

The photo below shows a breast implant leak that occurred when her car was hit in the rear and the seat belt impacted her breast.  Over a period of time, her breast slowly began deflating.

Our client went to a plastic surgeon and learned that her breast implant was leaking due to the car accident.  The plastic surgeon wanted $8,000 upfront but she didn’t have the money.  We arranged for the plastic surgeon to get paid upfront by No-Fault insurance so she could have the surgery.

What does breast implant rupture look and feel like?

A ruptured breast implant will look smaller, deflated, and flatter than the other breast. It will feel less full and less firm than the other breast.

This photo shows a leak, days after a car accident, in the right breast (left side of photo). The left breast still has a full look and is larger while the right breast is much smaller both on the top and the lower part of the breast. The entire right breast now looks smaller, deflated, and flatter.breast implant leak from car accident

Does a Breast Implant Rupture Hurt?

The impact and trauma causing the breast implant to rupture may hurt and cause pain but the rupture or leak itself is not painful.

What If I Had a Car Accident And My Chest Is Bruised?

If your chest has bruising after a car accident, it is possible that your breast implants may have been ruptured or displaced, especially If you have bruising where the seatbelt tightened around you or if your chest was hit by the steering wheel, dashboard, or airbag,

Make an appointment with the surgeon who performed your original breast implant surgery. We also suggest that you request imaging of your breasts with an MRI.

My Breast Implant Isn’t Ruptured But Doesn’t Look Right, Can It Be Damaged?

Yes. A breast implant can become displaced. When a breast implant is displaced from its original position (prior to the car accident), one breast may be moved higher than the other, more to the left or right, or protrude outward at an unnatural angle.

Misdiagnosis of Breast Implant Rupture After a Car Accident

A doctor may prescribe steroids thinking that your breast has capsular contracture and recommended that you do breast massages only on your breast. While the diagnosis may be correct, after a car accident you should request your plastic surgeon to rule out a breast implant rupture before taking steroids.

Should You Replace Both Breast Implants When Only One Ruptured?

Even if only one breast implant was damaged in a car accident, you will need both breast implants replaced by a plastic surgeon.

  1. Although only one of the breast implants may develop a leak, both implants should be replaced because breast implants come in matched sets and if only one is replaced, it would look unnatural.
  2. An additional problem is that the other implant could be compromised and begin leaking at a later date. Your doctor will have concerns about the integrity of the breast implant which is not yet leaking.

NY No-Fault Will Pay Your Plastic Surgeon to Replace Both Breast Implants

We will get the cost to replace both breast implants paid by no-fault insurance if your injury is from a car accident in New York. We can have your plastic surgeon replace both breast implants without you having to pay any money upfront!

If you pay out of pocket up-front, you will not be reimbursed from no-fault insurance for the entire amount and you may not even be reimbursed for the replacement of both breast implants. You will be out of pocket thousands of dollars. Make sure that your plastic surgeon accepts an assignment of No-Fault so you don’t have to pay out of pocket up-front.

See more information about getting no-fault to pay to replace your breast implants.

We represented many women previously represented by another lawyer who was unable to get their plastic surgeon to accept No-Fault. When they were asked to pay thousands of dollars upfront, they called us.

Don’t be pressured into paying money to your plastic surgeon. If you need a car accident lawyer, we will arrange to get the plastic surgery to replace your breast implants paid by no-fault at no charge to you.

Let us file your No-Fault claim and No-Fault application. We will handle all of your No-Fault billing issues and represent you for your disability payments at no charge! We only charge a one-third fee of the money we collect for you for your pain and suffering. You must file a No-Fault application within 30 days of the date of your car accident and it can sometimes be difficult and take time to determine the correct No-Fault insurance company, so don’t wait. Call now for a free consultation.

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