You’ve considered breast augmentation but have heard rumors that you must replace implants every 10 years or so. But is this really the case? While breast implants are not considered to be “lifetime” implants, they are considered long-lasting and safe, with many women having implants far exceed a 10-year time frame.
So, how do you know how long your implants will last and when do you need to consider breast implant replacement?
How Long Do Implants Last?
No doubt you have heard that breast implants should be replaced every 10 years. But that is only partially true. Years of research and technology have greatly improved implants over the years, with new implants lasting more than a decade. In general, the risk of implant rupture increases by one percent every year.
So, for example, after 10 years, you only have a 10 percent risk of implant rupture, meaning your implants can last much longer and may never need replacing. When considering breast implants, you should know that a replacement procedure is always a possibility.
Signs You May Need Breast Implant Replacement
Given that your risk of replacement increases over time, it is essential that you monitor your implants and contact your surgeon if you experience any changes. Some signs you may need implant replacement include:
- Saline Implant Rupture – If your saline implant ruptures, your breast deflates, similar to a balloon. This can happen quickly or over the course of a day or two. The saline is absorbed by your body.
- Silent Rupture – A ruptured silicone implant is a bit different and often goes unnoticed. When a rupture occurs, the gel inside the implant stays inside or pools within the surrounding scar tissue. For this reason, you should have regular MRI exams of your implants, as directed by your surgeon.
- Breast Hardening – Occasionally, scar tissue around your implants can harden, causing capsular contracture. This can cause tightness, pain, and abnormal changes to the appearance of your breasts.
- Rippling – Occasionally your implant can develop rippling. When this occurs, you may be able to feel these ripples, as well as see physical rippling on your breasts.
- Changes in Breast Position – While implants can improve your bustline, they can’t stop the normal aging process and you may notice sagging or uneven changes in your implant position. This is a common reason for women to consider implant replacement.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery or already have implants and have questions about when and if you should consider replacement procedures, contact Dr. Jackson online today or call the office at (317) 773-6677 to schedule an appointment.