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 reasons 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.