Nothing lasts forever, and breast implants are no exception!
One of the most common misunderstandings about breast implants is that they last a lifetime. Breast implants have a lifespan just like everything else… your car tires wear out… your bras wear out… and your breast implants will eventually wear out.
Continue Reading to learn more about exactly how long breast implants last, and how you should plan for your future once you decide to have breast augmentation surgery!
Do breast implants last forever?
No, unfortunately breast implants don’t last forever. From extensive research over the past 30 years, we know that breast implants last at least 10 years, and we suspect that the newest generation of highly cohesive gel silicone implants (Gummy Bears) probably last longer than that. I’ve personally seen patients in my practice with breast implants that are over 20 years old without any problems, so it is certainly plausible that breast implants have a lifespan of somewhere between 10 and 20 years.
Will I need to have my breast implants replaced?
Yes, you will eventually need to have your breast implants replaced. We know that around 20% of women replace their implants at the 10 year mark, but that 80% do fine without replacing their implants after 10 years. Because we’re not exactly sure whether the newest generation of silicone breast implants last 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, or even longer than 20 years, we think it’s a good idea to plan to have them replaced between 10 and 15 years in order to avoid problems such as implant rupture and capsular contracture, which happen more frequently as implants age. A good thing to note about exchanging your implants for a new pair is that the surgery itself is much different than the original procedure. Breast implant exchange surgery takes about 30 minutes, and you can go back to work and resume most of your normal activities the very next day. Many patients don’t need anything stronger than a few Tylenol after the exchange procedure.
What will happen if I don’t have my breast implants replaced?
If you choose not to replace your breast implants within that 10-20 year window, you are running the risk of having complications that are related to aging implants. If the implant shell develops a crack or tear because it’s old, it’s possible that you could develop a capsular contracture. Your breast may change shape, and may become hard or painful. If this happens, the surgery will be much more difficult that it would have been if you had exchanged your implants before the problems started. I always tell my patients that they should start planning to have their implants replaced between 10 and 15 years even if they look and feel fine. It’s not somethingyou should rush to do right at the 10 year mark, but it’s something you should be thinking about. Plan it for any time that’s convenient for your finances, and for your life in general, but don’t wait too long.
Where can I get more information on breast implants?
If you would like more information on breast implants, you have several options:
- The Breast Blaug has information just about every topic in cosmetic breast surgery, and is one of the best resources on the internet for information on breast implants and breast augmentation.
- You can visit the MAS Facebook Page for tons of great posts about breast implants.
- You can visit the MAS website to see Before & After photos of breast implants.
- You can email us anytime at MAS@ManhattanAestheticSurgery.com
- You can call or text us anytime at 917-703-7069.
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