How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
Many breast implant manufacturers include a warranty for their products, but how long can patients actually expect implants to last? This question can be a tricky one. Many women never have an issue with their implants and never need to have them replaced. Other women may change their minds about having implants; they may decide to get smaller or bigger implants; they may experience a condition called capsular contracture, where the scar tissue surrounding the implant becomes firm and in rare cases disfiguring. In extreme cases, an implant may rupture. In each of these instances, breast implant exchange or removal would be indicated.
If an implant, silicone or saline, ruptures, the implant should be replaced. Rupture of silicone gel implants may not always be apparent. Some physicians recommend routine MRIs. The only drawbacks is there can be false positives, so the best aftercare is routine self and physician breast exams and mammograms. With saline implants, a rupture is quite obvious, as the saline solution will be absorbed by the body, leaving the affected breast deflated. If you suspect you have a rupture, it’s important to speak with a qualified plastic surgeon as soon as possible. Implant rupture should not put you at risk of health problems; however, it’s still important to exchange a malfunctioning implant.
Implants are generally quoted as lasting about 10 years, but there’s no reason to assume your implants won’t last much longer. Dr. Richard Zeff recommends staying in contact with your plastic surgeon or finding one whom you trust to maintain lifelong care of your results.
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