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Deciding to have breast implants is a major decision. It is an investment designed to help you achieve the feminine curves you desire, often helping to boost your self-image. That said, you should not plan to have your breast implants for an entire lifetime.
Breast implants do not last forever, and there are many reasons why women will choose to have their implants removed, usually anywhere from 10 to 20 years after their initial surgery. Before making the decision to have implants, your plastic surgeon will go over how to care for your implants and the necessary checkups you should attend to help your implants last longer.
Breast augmentation is an effective way to enhance the appearance of your breasts. While generally safe and designed to be long-lasting, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that implants are not considered to be "lifetime devices."
On average, today's implants are designed to last more than a decade, with the chance of rupture increasing by one percent each year. So, the older your implants are, the greater your risk of rupture or other complications.
In many cases, breast implants can remain in good shape for 20 years or more. Every patient is different, and the life of your implants will depend on your body and how you take care of your implants.
There are several different complications that can affect how long breast implants last and when you need to replace your implants. These can include:
You have a few options for breast implant removal. You and your plastic surgeon can decide on simply removing the implants, removing the implants while also performing a breast lift, removing the implants and hardened scar tissue that has formed or an implant replacement with or without a breast lift.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss your options based on your goals, anatomy, and existing breast implants in order to help you choose what will work best for your desired results.
Proper care for your breast implants can help to improve their longevity, and this care begins during your breast augmentation recovery. For example, your plastic surgeon will advise you to wear a support garment or surgical bra during recovery. If you do not follow these guidelines, the lack of support can lead to increased sagging over time.
You should always follow your plastic surgeon's guidelines for annual checkups, as well as performing regular self-checks. If you have silicone implants, the FDA recommends getting an MRI 5-6 years after the initial surgery and then every 2-3 years after that. Taking proper care of your implants can help you extend the life of your new look and give you more time before you are likely to require breast implant replacement.
The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.