Breast augmentation is the most requested plastic surgery in the United States, of which the majority of patients utilize implants. Breast implants can restore your confidence but they are not a permanent fixture in your life. They could be damaged due to a heavy impact such as a slip and fall or a car accident, and they tend to degrade over time. So how long should you expect your breast implants last? Patients are wise to research the issue and speak to a board-certified and highly experienced breast surgeon like Dr. Troy Pittman to learn more.
Typical Lifespan of Implants
Breast implants help the patient feel comfortable in their own skin, and they can live a full life with these implants for many years. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons notes that a breast implant has a 90 percent chance of remaining in good condition after 10 years. However, it is highly unlikely that they will last for the rest of your life.
Patients should have an MRI or high resolution ultrasound done about every five years to assess the status of their implants. Even though the implant has a high possibility of remaining intact after 10 years, replacements are often necessary around this time due to shifting or improved technology. A medical review from Healthline notes that a silicone or saline implant might last up to 20 years.
When to Seek Further Treatment Due to Implants
Aside from scheduling an MRI or ultrasound every five years, women should continue to stay in contact with Dr. Pittman or another board-certified plastic surgeon if they have moved from the area. He can give you an idea of when it is time to replace your implants, explain new technologies, and discuss a change in size. If you have an MRI or ultrasound every five years, you can discuss the possibility of a replacement during one of these appointments. Common signs that a replacement is necessary include:
- Hardening of the implant
- Leakage or ruptures
- Rippling of the implant
- A change of shape or position
Other symptoms that you should look out for include hard knots in the breast, unevenness, pain, tingling, inflammation, or a loss of feeling.
Breast Implant Replacement Surgery
A breast implant replacement is similar to the original surgery but there is no guarantee that your surgeon will use the same techniques if you used someone else for the first procedure. You should discuss the best course of action with Dr. Pittman and proceed based on what he believes is medically necessary.
You should not expect your recovery to exactly mirror your previous experience and you should report any abnormalities or complications to us right away.
Contact Us for Assistance with Maintaining your Breast Implants
Reach out to Somenek + Pittman MD for assistance or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Troy Pittman. You have a right to know all of your options and consider a breast implant replacement for any reason. Breast implants can last a long time but they are rarely permanent, so pay attention to them and consult with us if you notice any changes.