Most surgeries come with unexpected side effects—and breast implants are no different. One of these side effects is the implants making noises; which can be embarrassing, but is really nothing to worry about. Most noises coming from breast implants are simply the result of air getting trapped inside them.

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In fact, it takes just a little bit of air—two cubic centimeters to be exact—to cause implants to make noise, according to a study by the Division of Plastic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. Fortunately, the noises usually go away within a few days to a few weeks.

Breast implant noises often occur with saline implants, due to air getting trapped when the implant is filled with saline. If you're considering saline implants, talk to your surgeon about ways to reduce the chance of air getting stuck in the implants. This could include inserting pre-filled saline implants, or using a catheter to remove air from within or around the implant.

Sounds To Expect

The following is a list of some of the more common noises you may hear:

  • Crackling: Crackling noises usually happen right after surgery. They're the result of the implant forcing air into surrounding tissue. This sound usually goes away in a few days, after the air is absorbed.
  • Popping: Popping occurs when air gets stuck in the pocket next to the implant. If you move a certain way or apply pressure, the air then moves around the implant and creates a popping noise. The popping will stop after the air is absorbed, usually within a few days.
  • Squeaking or Humming: There may be some squeaking or humming noises when implants move from side to side, rubbing against the ribs. The squeaking or humming is usually quiet—others might not be able to hear it.
  • Sloshing Or Swishing: This does not mean the implants are leaking. It just means there is air left either inside the implant or some fluid was left on the outside of the implant. This only happens on the inside of the implants when they're filled with saline. The noises will generally go away within a few days to a few weeks and can be avoided by pre-filling the saline implants.

Though it is a side effect of minor concern, if you hear noises coming from your implants, you may be embarrassed or worry something's wrong. Fortunately, implant noises are usually so quiet that only you can hear them. Also, they're usually harmless. If you're considering breast augmentation or if you're hearing noises coming from your breast implants, be sure to discuss your concerns with your surgeon.

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