Reader Question: Mold in Saline Breast Implants?

I read online a woman telling about how her saline breast implants got mold and she had terrible problems. Does this happen very often?

A few years ago I put up a YouTube video of my experience with silicone gel breast implants. Now every year or so somebody posts a comment about how saline implants are just as dangerous. A frequent feature of these responses is a statement about a moldy saline implant. My response is and always has been, if saline implants are so often affected by mold, then why have I never seen it?

I have been implanting (and at times removing) breast implants for over 15 years. You would think if something was a dangerous and common phenomenon that I would be seeing it. I haven’t. Not even once. I have seen occasional implant infections but they have always been bacterial, not fungal.

Breast Implant Infections

Breast implant infections can be a big deal. That is the main reason that doing what we can to minimize them is important. When an implant within a person’s body becomes infected by bacteria or fungus, simple pharmacological treatment is usually not enough to stop it. The implant must usually be removed. An infection affecting a breast implant will therefore plague the patient until that implant is removed and the body can clear the remaining infection. A moldy breast implant is fortunately a rare problem and we would like to keep it that way. :)

Breast implants have risks, but these risks can be minimized by making good choices….choose good surgical talent and facilities, don’t go too large, put your implants under good soft tissue coverage and stay with saline over silicone implants in most cases.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

Originally posted 2011-06-29 07:30:11.

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  1. barb says:

    it only takes one little spore coming in the surgery on somebody’s clothes for the implant to carry mold into the body. an event doesn’t have to be prolific for it to be possible and catostrophic. saying it’s not possible is a gross exageration. almost anything is possible.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for the biology lesson. I didn’t say this wasn’t possible. I said it is highly unlikely. My point is that there are those who would claim this to be an epidemic. It isn’t. I have not seen a single case of a moldy breast implant inside a person in 15 years.

      It is possible that the earth will be hit by a meteor tomorrow and wipe us all out. Do you worry about it?