Breast implants don’t last forever. They’ll likely need removed and replaced periodically throughout your lifetime due to normal wear and tear. So, how long do they last? The generic answer is approximately 10-years, and that rings true for about 20% of women who undergo implant surgery.
However, there are many factors to consider including the type of implant (silicone or saline), the skill of your initial surgeon, and your lifestyle habits. Your implants may last anywhere from several years to upwards of two decades.
Breast implants can be removed or replaced for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
One of the most common reason women opt to have their implants replaced is because they wish to have a change in size. After having children, you may decide that you’d prefer either a larger or smaller breast size. Women with older saline implants may decide they’d like silicone instead.
There are several reasons you’ll need to replace your implants to prevent potential health risks as well. You’re encouraged to seek medical care if you experience any of the following problems with your breast implants.
- Leakage: Saline implants have the potential to leak and deflate. The result is an asymmetrical or sagging appearance.
- Rupture: A ‘silent rupture’ is more common with silicone implants. It’s recommended that you have periodic screenings to prevent future health risks. If you suspect you have a rupture, your implant will need to be removed and replaced.
- Capsular Contracture: When tissue around the implant hardens it can cause pain as scar tissue begins to build up. Capsular contracture doesn’t always require implant removal, but it’s still important to speak to your surgeon when it occurs.
Breast implant removal and replacement has the same risks and rewards as your initial surgery. Choosing a skilled surgeon with experience in your procedure can prolong the outcome of your implants. Take a look at your surgeon’s before and after photos to ensure a beneficial outcome.
You may be a good candidate for implant removal and replacement if you’re unhappy with the look or feel of your breasts or have any of the medical conditions listed above. The best way to determine if you’re ready is through an in-person evaluation.
Dr. Tenley Lawton is a board-certified surgeon with the knowledge and artistry you need to achieve your desired results. At your replacement consultation, she’ll complete an assessment before suggesting a customized treatment plan. During this time, Dr. Lawton will walk you through all of your options, and talk to you about your pre and post-op instructions.
Would you like to learn more about breast implant removal and replacement? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.