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Breast augmentation can restore a feminine, voluptuous appearance in the chest, boosting your self-confidence and improving your wardrobe. However, while the procedure is considered long-lasting, your implants may need to be replaced, especially if they rupture or cause complications such as capsular contracture or rippling. 

Some practitioners will cite a 10-15 year range for breast implant longevity, but each person will experience their timeline. For some, their implants might last much longer, provided they are functioning correctly and are not causing any discomfort or other issues. For others, the implants may need to be swapped out within a few years if they are malfunctioning or migrating. 

If you do end up having your breast implants replaced, the recovery for your treatment will be much shorter and more manageable than the first time around; in addition, once the breast cavity has been prepared for an implant, an exchange session will not lead to additional discomfort.

What are some common reasons why breast implants might need to be replaced?

Although breast implants are designed to withstand heat, pressure, and vigorous movement, there are instances where the implants will leak or rupture. This can happen with both saline and silicone implants. With saline implants, the patient will likely notice the problem right away, as the breasts will deflate. With silicone implants, rupture may only be detected through an imaging test, which is why the FDA suggests undergoing MRIs every few years for patients with silicone implants. 

Other reasons for replacing your implants include rippling, capsular contracture, double bubble, implant migration, bottoming out, and symmastia. These complications are rare, but it’s a simple treatment to replace the implants and aesthetically correct the chest appearance if they do happen.

Finally, a client may change their mind regarding the size of their implants and wish to go bigger or smaller. This is perfectly natural, as people’s tastes and preferences often change over time.

If I undergo breast implant revision, where will my incisions be located?

Most likely, your surgeon will use the original incisions to perform an implant exchange, whether they are at the inframammary folds, within the areolas, or within the armpits. However, if you undergo a breast lift simultaneously as your implant revision, the doctor may need to make additional incisions. It just depends on your cosmetic goals.

What is the takeaway?

While some doctors may say otherwise, there is no set expiration date for breast implants. They can last anywhere from 10 to 25 years. Therefore, it’s important to stay vigilant when examining your breasts and undergo regular follow-up visits and imaging testing appointments. This can prevent any complications that might arise from wreaking havoc on your figure or compromising your health. If you have questions about your implants or are considering a revision breast augmentation procedure, contact Dr. Andres today to discuss your options.


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