One of the most common questions we get about breast implants is, “Is breast augmentation permanent?” Where there are many reasons why your breast implants may need to be replaced down the road, there isn’t a specific age or number of years that will automatically trigger the need for a breast implant replacement.
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
Breast implants aren’t permanent, but they can be very long-lasting.
On average, breast implants tend to last 10 to 15 years before a revision may be necessary. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that yours will automatically need to be replaced as soon as your ten-year anniversary rolls around.
For some women, breast implants can last much longer than the average 10 or 15 years. Others may want to change the size, shape or type of implant well before the ten-year mark.
How Do I Know If My Implants Need to Be Replaced?
There are lots of reasons why you might want or need a breast augmentation revision, including:
- Capsular contracture
- Deflating, rippling or ruptured implants
- You want a change of style, size or shape
- Your body has changed due to pregnancy, menopause, weight gain or loss or other factors
- You no longer want breast implants
What’s Involved in a Breast Augmentation Revision?
In some cases, the same incisions from your initial breast augmentation can be used for your revision procedure. However, new incisions may be necessary in some situations to access the breast pocket and remove and replace your implants.
For more information about breast implant revision or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 612-213-1111.