Breast Implants: Do They Last a Lifetime?

Most women consider breast implants for different reasons. For some, it’s to boost their self-confidence, while for others, it’s to achieve feminine curves. Whatever your reasons are, you should know that this isn’t a lifetime investment. At one point, you may need revision surgery. In fact, implants last anywhere between 10 and 20 years.

The Average Lifespan of Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is a great way to enhance your appearance. These implants have been designed to last a long time. However, they aren’t ‘lifetime devices.’ As Joel Aronowitz explains, they can last a decade or longer, depending on how well you care for them and your body.

When Do Breast Implants Need to Be Removed or Replaced?

There are various reasons why one would need to replace or remove implants. Here they are.

Personal Choice

After the initial surgery, some women may want to change their breasts’ appearance. This will necessitate revision surgery with smaller or bigger implants, or remove the implants entirely.

Sagging Implants

Breast implants will change your appearance, but they won’t stop the aging process, which can cause the breasts to sag. Extreme weight changes can also cause the position of the breast to change. When this happens, consider a breast lift procedure or implant replacement to give your breast the desired appearance.

Saline Implant Rupture

When saline implants rupture, your breast will deflate like a balloon. The saline will leak and be absorbed by the surrounding tissue. It’s harmless, so you have nothing to worry about. The risk of saline rapture, especially during the first few years after the procedure, is low—however, the risk increases by 1% each year.  

Capsular Contracture or Breast Hardening

Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue around one or both implants hardens. This can cause tenderness, pain, or the breast size to change in shape and size. This is also another reason to replace implants.

Do I Need to Replace Implants Every Ten Years?

During your consultation appointment, your surgeon will discuss what you can expect from your implants. Usually, it’s not that the implants deteriorate but rather how your body reacts to them with time. The 10-year mark is used as a milestone to give patients a general idea. Implants are not like car parts that you have to replace after driving a particular number of miles. Therefore, unless there are specific issues you’re experiencing with the implants, they can go up to 20 years.

Are Checkups Necessary if There Are No Problems?

You may stay with your implants for ten years without experiencing any problems. That is just a sign that you’re taking good care of them and the doctor did a good job. But if you want to check in with your doctor for peace of mind, that’s also okay. Still, it’s important to start caring for your implants immediately after the surgery.  

After getting breast implants, follow the surgeon’s instructions, such as regular self-checks and annual checkups. Caring for your implants will extend their lifespan before you need a replacement.