The Longevity of Breast Implants: When to Consider Replacement

Breast implants offer the opportunity to enhance your silhouette, boosting your confidence and satisfaction with your body image. While they come with numerous benefits, it’s crucial to recognize that breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. 

Several factors, including the type of implant, the surgical method used, and individual lifestyle choices, can influence breast implant longevity. For anyone currently considering implants, or who already has them, it’s essential to understand the signs that breast augmentation revision might be necessary. 

The Longevity of Breast Implants

Most breast implants are designed to be long-lasting, but they are not considered lifetime devices. The average lifespan of breast implants can vary based on factors like implant type, surgical technique, and individual characteristics. 

On average, saline implants last about 10 to 15 years, while silicone implants typically last 15 to 20 years or more. However, you need to monitor your breast implants regularly and be aware of replacement signs.

Signs Of Needing Breast Implant Replacement

Here are the signs and symptoms where you will need the help of a professional:

  • Changes in breast shape or size: Signs include noticeable asymmetry between the breasts, increased sagging or drooping, or deflation of one or both implants. 
  • Discomfort, pain, or unusual sensations in the breasts: Persistent discomfort, pain, or unusual sensations in the breasts are signs of replacement. It can include burning, tingling, or numbness, which indicates implant rupture, capsular contracture, or other issues. 
  • Visible rippling or wrinkling of the implants, especially under the skin: Rippling or wrinkling of the implants may become visible, particularly in thin-skinned areas of the breasts. 
  • Changes in breast appearance on imaging studies like mammograms or ultrasound: Alterations observed on imaging studies, such as mammograms or ultrasound scans, may raise concerns about implant integrity, rupture, or other complications. 

Follow up with a plastic surgeon to assess the condition of the implants and determine the appropriate course of action.

Get More From Your Breast Implants

If you’re interested in learning more about breast augmentation longevity, including details on implant replacement or revision, turn to the trusted experience of Dr. Brueck at Beauty by Brueck. Schedule a consultation or contact us by phone at 239-939-5233 today. 

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