Silicone breast implant rupture is more prevalent in the dominant limb side: A retrospective cohort study

Eran Hadad*, Ibrahim Sualhi, Carolina Legarda, Yaakov Seligman, Alex Sorkin, Omer Dor, Shaked Menashe, Lior Heller, Itay Wiser

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Background: Breast implant rupture is associated with multiple risk factors such as implant age, manufacturer, and a history of trauma to the breast. However, the exact mechanism of breast implant rupture remains unclear. We hypothesize that repetitive minor mechanical forces on the implant collectively play a significant role in the cascade that eventually leads to its rupture. Therefore, we expect a more significant cumulative effect on the breast implant in the dominant upper limb side. Thus, we aim to ascertain whether laterality in silicone breast implant rupture is associated with the dominant upper limb. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was performed on patients with silicone breast implants who underwent an elective breast implant removal or exchange. All patients had breast augmentations for cosmetic reasons. We collected data on implant rupture laterality and limb dominance together with known risk factors like patient age, implant age, implant pocket, and implant volume. Results: A total of 154 patients with unilateral implant rupture were included in the study. Among patients with a dominant right limb (n = 133), an ipsilateral rupture was found in 77 patients (58%) (p = 0.036), while in patients with a left dominant limb (n = 21), an ipsilateral rupture was found in 14 patients (67%), (p = 0.036). Conclusions: The dominant limb was a significant risk factor for ipsilateral breast implant rupture. The prevailing theory that cyclic envelope movement carries an increased rupture risk is reinforced in this study. Extensive prospective studies are needed to clarify risk factors for implant rupture further.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-132
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
StatePublished - May 2023


  • Dominant limb
  • Implant exchange
  • Rupture
  • Silicone breast implant


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