It’s a very important and personal decision to get breast implants. It’s one that you should never take lightly. Choosing to get a breast augmentation with implants can give you a boosted self-esteem as you achieve a curvier, more feminine figure. Breast implants are not natural, so they will not last forever – however, they can last for a very long time. Some women choose to have their implants removed, and this can be for a variety of reasons. In most cases, they choose to remove them 10 to 20 years after having cosmetic surgery. If you’re considering breast implants, here’s what to know about breast implants and how long they can last.
What is the Average Lifespan of Breast Implants?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast implants are made to be safe and last for a long time, but they are not considered to be able to last a lifetime. Instead, those on the market today are created to last over a decade. There is a small chance (about 1%) that they may rupture with each year you have them. In other words, the older the implants, the higher the risk of problems.
Often, breast implants last for around 20 years or longer. Of course, every woman is different and the care implants receive will determine how long they last. Your body and different anatomical factors can also determine how long they last.
Why Would I Need Implants Removed or Replaced?
There are various reasons why you might need your implants removed or replaced. They include the following:
• Hardening or capsular contracture: When scar tissue forms and hardens over one or both implants, they cause discomfort, pain, and tightness that can change the shape and size of the breast.
• Saline implant rupture: Saline implants deflate like balloons when they rupture, which means you will need a replacement. The saline can be safely absorbed by the body.
• Silicone rupture: A silicone implant rupture can be dangerous because it can be difficult to tell when a silicone implant has ruptured. You may notice sensations like burning, tingling, numbness, or swelling – and even a reduction in size or appearance of your breast.
• Rippling: Over time, some implants ripple. You can often feel them and they may even be visibly noticeable through your skin.
• Position changes: Implants can sag as you get older, which can change the look of your breasts. You may want to get them replaced and even have a breast lift to improve the appearance of your breasts.
• Personal choice: Some women simply choose to change the look of their breasts. This can result in getting larger or smaller implants, having revision surgery, or getting the implants removed altogether.
Replacing or Removing Your Implants
There are a few different options available for removing or revising your breast implants. It’s important to consider this possibility of future surgery if you opt for breast implants. Dr. Carpenter can discuss your best options for preserving the life of your implants and your chances of needing revisional surgery later on.
Properly Caring for Implants to Lengthen Their Lifespan
Properly caring for your breast implants can lengthen their lifespan. You can start by following all instructions given to you by Dr. Carpenter as you recover from your breast augmentation. This includes wearing a surgical bra or support garment to aid your recovery and prevent complications. Carefully follow all instructions to prevent sagging. You should also have annual checkups and perform regular self-checkups. And most importantly, maintain a good relationship with your plastic surgeon so they can help with your potential revisional needs in the future.
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To learn more about breast implants and how you can get the most out of your results, we invite you to contact Allegany Plastic Surgery by calling or filling out our online form.