What is the average life of breast implants?

Implants are used to increase the size of the breasts and add projection and shape so that you can look more feminine and beautiful. Breast augmentation is the second most popular plastic surgery in the US, following liposuction. Many women are now deciding to get breast implants to achieve their aesthetic goals and expectations. Given the increasing interest, many women are also asking questions.

One of the common questions plastic surgeons get to hear is what the average life of breast implants is. The answer to this question is that breast implants are not lifetime objects. However, they are manufactured with safety and sustainability of the promised results in mind. You can expect the implants of today to last for more than ten years, thanks to the extensive research that has been done to improve the implant’s shell and filler.

The risk of rupture or leakage of breast implants was higher some years ago; however, now it has been reduced to around one percent per year. What this means is that even after ten years, you can have 90 percent certainty that the implants will remain intact. If you have decided to undergo breast augmentation with implants, you need to be prepared to undergo regular examinations after surgery. Also, you should be ready to do self-checks to make sure the implants are unharmed.

If it has been 15 years since you got breast implants, the risk of implant rupture and leakage will increase. When a saline implant ruptures, it becomes deflated right away, leaving the breasts flat or poorly shaped. The solution used in the saline implant is sterile, which means it poses no risk to your health and your body will safely absorb the solution.

On the other hand, when a silicone breast implant ruptures or leaks, it is difficult to diagnose the condition because your breast size or shape does not change immediately. It is for this reason that the FDA recommends getting an MRI about three years after surgery and once every two years after. The MRI is useful at diagnosing a ruptured or leaking silicone breast implant.

Keep in mind that as you age, your breasts will experience changes, and after surgery, the implants will also go through many changes. Both of these changes may slowly affect the aesthetic appearance of your breasts.

It is important for patients to keep a relationship with the plastic surgeon so you have no problem when you desire to remove and replace your breast implants with newer ones. Keep in mind that breast implants will eventually rupture or leak and you will have to choose between having the implants removed or replacing them. If you desire to get more sustainable results with breast implants, be sure to select a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery.

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