Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Real World Contestant Bursts Implant
Recently, MTV "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" contestant Shauvon Torres did a belly flop during a show stunt and ended up in the ER for a burst breast implant!
This is seriously every breast augmentation patient's worst nightmare.
I've always been nervous about what would happen if my car's airbag went off. Or if I fell real hard on my chest while figure skating.
New York City Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Nina Naidu tells me, "It's very hard to rupture an implant with 'normal' activity. Ms. Torres must have hit the water really hard. Though with an implant that's older than 10 years, it may take less force."
One of the largest manufacturers of implants in the US is Allergen, and they report a deflation rate of 5% at 3 years, 7% at 5 years and 10% at 7 years. "The longer implants are in, the higher the risk of rupture, which seems to increase around the 7-10 year mark," says Naidu. "We tell patients that they may need to exchange their implants after about 10 years."
I do remember reading about the 10 year recommendation to switch out implants when I did my research on boob jobs. And it completely freaked me out. Who wants to set themselves up for that many surgeries down the road?
My personal take on it is that these girls aren't going anywhere unless they NEED to! But if you're in a sport, job or lifestyle where you consistently experience a lot of impact on your chest, I think the 10 year mark is something you really need to consider in order to make sure breast implants are a good fit for you.