Many women choose to undergo a breast augmentation and get implants to enhance their shape and realize a long-held dream they’ve held for themselves. Technological advancements in recent years have made implants more durable and safer than ever, though it’s important to know, how long do breast implants last.
Keep reading to learn more: how long do breast implants last, what causes them to degrade, and what signs of problems you can keep an eye out for.
How Long do Breast Implants Last??
The reality is that breast implants don’t have a set-in-stone “expiration date.” Most manufacturers say their products should be replaced or removed after about ten years, though the lifespan of an implant can also exceed twenty years.
Why Do Breast Implants Break Down?
Breast implants can fail for a number of reasons including:
- Natural wear
- Weight fluctuations
- Secondary traumas
Regardless of what’s inside, the exterior shells of both silicone and saline implants are made with durable silicone to ensure their reliability. To boost accuracy and reduce chances of leaking or warping, make sure you work with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to make sure it’s filled precisely.
What Symptoms of Trouble Should I Watch Out For?
If you have saline implants, your breast will seem to deflate if your implant fails. With silicone implants, though, it can be more difficult. After rupturing, the gel will likely stay in about the same general area and keep a consistent volume. You typically notice thickening or hardening around your implant, though an MRI will be needed to confirm.
If a rupture happens, you need to have the implant replaced or removed as soon as you can.
Capsular contracture happens when your body responds to detecting a foreign object (in this case an implant) by creating excess scar tissue. These then squeeze your implant, which can cause it to rupture and leak, and can lead to bacterial infections or hematomas if not treated.
More slender women are particularly at risk here, especially if their implants are inserted under the mammary gland, but over the chest muscle. This makes the implants – especially saline – more prone to folding under pressure.
When Should I Replace my Breast Implants?
The reality is that as long as you’re pleased with your implants and their condition is good, there’s no reason to replace or remove them. Make sure you monitor your breasts for any discomforting, painful, or abnormal changes and contact your doctor to follow up. Ultimately, choosing the right cosmetic surgeon to properly perform your breast augmentation and provide after care is the best way to ensure you’re pleased with the results.
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