Symptoms associated with rupture of breast implants may include: hard knots or lumps surrounding the implant or in the armpit, loss of size of the breast or implant, tingling, swelling, numbness, burning, or hardening of the breast. If you notice any of these changes, see Dr. Brenner immediately so that he can examine the implants for rupture and determine whether you need to have an MRI examination to find out if your symptoms are due to rupture of the implant. If rupture has occurred, you should have your implant removed.
You should monitor your breast implants for signs of symptomatic rupture when you check your breasts during your monthly “self breast exams.” You should examine your breast tissue by feeling for lumps, and then examine your implants as well. Move the implants around while looking in the mirror. Look for any changes in shape, size, and feel of the implants. You know your own breasts better than anyone…so pay attention to how they normally feel.