Breast augmentation surgery is an excellent option for patients who want to enhance their bustline, as well as address any symmetry issues. Breast augmentation achieves these exciting results via implants, which can be customized to create your ideal look.
But implants tend to bring up a popular question: “Do breast implants last forever?”
Let’s take a closer look at the average duration of breast implants, including signs you may need to replace your implants.
Breast Implants Do Not Last Forever
Breast implants are not designed to last forever, and for good reason: the older an implant, the more likely it is to rupture or create damaging scar tissue. For that reason, we advise patients who are interested in breast augmentation surgery to factor implant replacement into their decision-making.
In other words, you won’t just be undergoing breast augmentation surgery. You may need to commit to implant replacement or removal surgeries in the future.
The good news is, you won’t have to have surgery too often. Today’s implants are designed to last at least ten years, with some implants lasting up to two decades. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, only 1 in 5 patients will need to replace their breast implants at the ten-year mark.
Your plastic surgeon can help you select an implant that ensures longevity while still achieving your aesthetic goals.
Signs You May Need to Replace Your Implants
- One of your breasts has lost volume.
- You’ve had an MRI and it showed that one or both of your implants are leaking.
- You have an older implant that may need to be replaced as a result of a recall.
- Your implant is older than ten years.
- You’re starting to notice rippling around your cleavage.
- Your implants feel hard to the touch (usually a sign that scar tissue has developed).
- You’re no longer happy with the size or shape of your breasts.
Take the Next Step
Want to learn more about breast augmentation surgery, including how long you can expect your implants to last?
Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). (407) 644-3137.