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When do I Need to Worry About Breast Implant Replacement?

Is Breast Implant Replacement Something I Need to Consider?

If you have breast implants or are considering breast augmentation surgery, then you may be wondering if there will ever be a time when you should have your implants removed or replaced. Unfortunately, there’s lots of false and misleading information about this topic being spread around. At Northeastern Plastic Surgery, we are experts in breast augmentation surgery, and we wanted to give you the facts and clear up any misconceptions about breast implant replacement.

How long will my breast implants last?

Most women can expect their implants to last 10 to 20 years. The longevity of your breast implants depends on the patient’s body and lifestyle, the type of implant used, and the skill of the surgeon. Many women believe that breast implants need to be replaced every few years. This is a common misconception that may prevent women from having breast augmentation surgery in the first place. The reality is that you may have one or two follow-up surgeries in your lifetime. It’s not a given, but it is better to be prepared for the possibility than to be surprised if you experience a complication or dissatisfaction with your implants.

What are the reasons I might need follow-up surgery after breast augmentation?

The Food and Drug Administration has approved two types of breast implants for sale in the United States: saline and silicone gel-filled. Both are made with medical-grade materials and undergo extensive testing to establish assurance of safety and effectiveness. Nonetheless, there are a few reasons why follow-up surgery may be required:

  • Tears or holes in saline or silicone implants, called ruptures, will cause the implant to leak and deflate over time. Be aware that this occurs in about only 3% of patients. If a leak is discovered, surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons, but there is no medical urgency to have surgery.
  • Scar tissue, called capsule contracture, may form and change the position or shape of the breast. Replacing the implants can alleviate the issue.
  • You may be unhappy with the results of your initial surgery or decide you would like a change in breast size after your initial procedure.

What happens to breast implants as I age or after I give birth?

Many patients choose to replace their implants because of the natural effects of aging. All breasts, whether natural or implanted, are subject to gravity, sun damage, fluctuations in body weight, changing hormones, and the loss of tissue elasticity. If you are no longer happy with the appearance of your breasts over time you can discuss removing or replacing the implants with your surgeon.

Women who received implants before motherhood should know that implants will not cause complications with breastfeeding. However, new mothers may discover that pregnancy and breastfeeding may change the appearance of their breasts. That’s why a number of women choose to have their implants replaced after they know they are done having children.

What’s the bottom line?

As long as your implants are not causing any issues and you like the way they look, there is no reason to replace them. Breast implants last longer than you may think, and the likelihood of lasting success is high, especially when you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Fodero.

Dr. Fodero listens to his patients’ concerns and understands their desire for a beautiful, youthful looking body and facial appearance. He uses the latest plastic surgery techniques to produce outstanding results. He and his staff are friendly, helpful, and available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact Northeastern Plastic Surgery today to learn more and schedule a consultation.