Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to add projection, increase fullness and enhance the shape of your breast through the insertion of implants. The breast implants come in different sizes and shapes. Dr. Cortés normally performs the breast augmentation procedure by placing the implant behind the breast muscle to increase the bra cup size.

Among the top questions of the patients when it comes to this procedure is “Do implants need to be replaced every ten years?” Well, the answer is no. Since breast implants are made of silicone, which is a material that the body does not reject, it does not matter even if it is two or three decades down the road. Breast implants are considered a permanent device, and unless issues such as capsule contracture arise, there is no need for breast implants to be replaced or removed.

There are many patients who have undergone the procedure 20 years ago and still retain the intact beauty of their breasts. Of course, there are certain situations that may call for the removal of the implants. If over time, the breasts have sagged and breast asymmetry and ptosis have developed, a breast revision surgery is recommended to remove the implants and replace them with a new one.

The implants today are of better quality than those produced 10 to 15 years ago. In addition, the implants age with time. The silicone shell has a fatigue level where it gets weak and has a higher risk of rupture over time. For this reason, it is recommended to remove the implant during breast revision surgery regardless if there is a problem or not.

Like any item you buy, just because the warranty expires does not necessarily mean they are due for replacement. There is no reason to remove and replace the implant unless complications arise.

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