A breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure that can enhance your breasts for improved volume, shape, and symmetry. What many women want to know before and after their procedure is how long their implants will last. We will look at the lifespan of breast implants and when it might be time for a replacement procedure.
One main reason why implants need to be replaced is to reduce the chance of a rupture. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution that can be safely absorbed by the body. If a rupture were to occur, your breast implant would deflate and you would notice right away. Although not necessarily dangerous, you probably won’t want to spend much time with one deflated breast and will want to go in for a replacement procedure.
Silicone implant ruptures are often referred to as “silent ruptures” because the leakage may not be noticeable right away. Although the breast will appear full, harmful silicone gel could be leaking into the body. Keep in mind that ruptures are increasingly rare with advances in the way implants are made, but taking the necessary precautions is still important! Therefore the FDA requires an MRI scan every few years to check for any signs of leakage that your surgeon might not be able to detect.
No matter what type of implants you have, you can expect to see your surgeon for regular checkups on the condition of your implants. Implants will typically last about ten years, but may be replaced sooner or later than that. Over time, you can experience certain changes in the breasts such as rippling, hardening, or repositioning. These are all reasons to exchange your implants for new ones. Like natural breasts, your augmented breasts can begin to sag with age and a second enhancement procedure might benefit you. Some women opt for smaller or larger implants or choose to have them removed altogether.
For more information on the lifespan of implants or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today!