It sounds as though this has been a problem for some time. An ultrasound and MRI ruled out a rupture so it’s natural to wonder what has caused your current symptoms and the reduction in size of your implant.
After an implant operation tough fibrous tissue can build up around the implant to form a ‘capsule’. Sometimes this capsule can tighten around the implant, making the breast feel hard and sometimes painful and this is known as capsular contracture.
Its difficult for us to say what is causing the symptoms you describe or if they may be due to capsular contracture. We would suggest that you ask your GP for a referral back to a breast surgeon, or a reconstructive surgeon, to assess your symptoms and determine if your implant needs to be replaced.
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Hello. I had mastectomy in 2016 and have tissue expander implant. For about 12 months something just hasn't feel right. I have a tightness in my chest and a constant ache under my arm. The implant has got noticeably smaller and feels really soft and squishy (like a water balloon) rather than hard and firm. If I lean forward it loses shape down one side and looks to "collapse" inwards.
I've had ultrasound and MRI to rule out a rupture. Could this be capsular contracture?