Implant Removal and Replacement Surgery – Single PIP Implant Ruptured

Aurora is now part of The Private Clinic, a nationwide group of clinics with over 35 years of experience specialising in Cosmetic Surgery and Skin and a Trust Pilot 5 star rating. For comprehensive information, before and after photos and costs on Implant removal and replacement procedures click here

Our expert Plastic Surgeon Adrian Richards is the Medical Director for The Private Clinic. Clinics are located in BirminghamBristolBuckinghamshireGlasgowLondon Harley StreetLeedsManchester and Northampton.

The patient in this video had 310cc PIP implants inserted back in 2005 and they were places under the muscle. Our patient would like slightly larger implants, as she wants a fuller appearance. She feels she needs the extra volume as she has had two children since her first operation.
Mr Richards discusses his process and what he will be doing at each stage of the surgery. The right implant is removed and it is a classic deflation and gel bleed case. This is touched upon by Mr Richards before he uses the sizer to gauge how big the patients new implants should be.
The second implant however produces a lot of creamy fluid as soon as the breast capsule is opened. We instantly know that this implant is ruptured, and Mr Richards begins to clean out the pocket before actually removing the implant. The shell has split, and ripped in multiple places, although it is still all in one piece, just about. When holding it up to the camera to show the rupture, Mr Richards struggles with the consistency of the implant, despite using both hands to hold it. This is because the casing is so severely ruptured. He then removes the capsule before finishing off the procedure and then moves on to comparing the implants.
The colour of the implants is noticably different. The ruptured implant, quite characteristically has turned a musky shade of yellow, whereas the in tact one is still a greyish translucent shade. Mr Richards focuses on the ruptured implant and shows the multiple locations in which it has ruptured, and how the ruptures connect. The silicone actually kept its consistency surprisingly well, with only small pieces of the implant breaking off as it was removed. This leads us to conclude that it is the shell which is inferior as opposed to the silicone within the implant.

If you are concerned about your PIPs, or know someone who has them, please pass this video and knowledge along to them so they can get them removed, hopefully before they get to a state like the implants in this patient. If you would like to contact us, you can call 01844 318 491 or email