How often do breast implants need to be replaced?

by | May 11, 2020 | Breast, Breast Augmentation

For decades now, technology pertaining to cosmetic surgery has evolved up to a point where plastic surgeons can perform efficient, risk-free procedures with long-lasting results. When it comes to breast augmentation, today’s silicone breast implant producers, such as Allergan and Mentor, provide stunning results and lifetime warranties to guarantee them. However, these silicone implants are completely different from the ones used over two decades ago. The quality of the silicone elastomer has significantly increased from a liquid type more susceptible to gel leakage and rupture to today’s silicone implants, which are made of a highly cohesive, more resistant gel.

Despite this, most patients ready to undergo breast augmentation procedures show concerns related to silicone implant durability. Plastic surgeons frequently face concerns such as: “Do I have to replace my implants after ten years?” or “How often should I replace my implants?” These misconceptions stem mainly from the breast implant guarantee period offered by breast implant manufacturers over two decades ago. With today’s scientific progress, the plastic surgeon community considers breast augmentation a substantially safer procedure, ready to provide results that will last for many years! If you’re prepared to move forward with your breast augmentation procedure and achieve long-lasting results, we would love to schedule a consultation with you at our office, Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, in Port St. Lucie, FL.

How often do breast implants need to be changed?

When patients considering breast augmentation come to our office, they often ask our medical team if the breast implants need to be replaced every 10-15 years. This misconception keeps many patients from following through with the breast implants they truly desire because of presumed long-term costs and future surgical procedures.

The plastic surgeon community has not reached a consensus regarding breast implant lifespan. The estimate that most surgeons give is anywhere between 10-20 years, but the results of a procedure done by an experienced plastic surgeon can last even longer than that. The answer to the above question depends on several factors, such as the patient’s age, genetics, lifestyle, and, most important, the surgical procedure itself. If the breast augmentation procedure is performed by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, and if the patient follows a healthy, pro-active lifestyle, your breast implants could last for years to come!

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Like any other treatment, breast implantation does not last forever. Several factors influence the way breast implants will perform in the future, such as age, the force of gravity, the patient’s lifestyle, and personal preferences. Here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Vinyard considers prevention to be the most efficient way to avoid unwanted complications, such as leakage, ruptures, migration, or unevenness.

What should I do to prevent complications and increase implant longevity?

Apart from the plastic surgeon’s experience and the breast augmentation procedure itself, factors that influence implant longevity depend primarily on the patient. Patients typically change their taste and aesthetic perspective many times throughout their lifetime. Unhappiness with the implant size and shape is commonly cited as a reason for breast implant removal. Matters belonging to taste and perspective are always complex and hard to put into perspective for long periods of time. Dr. Vinyard considers every single patient’s aesthetic goals and, using his expertise, works with the patient to find the bust size and shape of a lifetime! That way, the patient can ensure breast implant longevity and astonishing results for many years.

However, what are the options for women who are no longer satisfied by their bust appearance and decide to change existing implants with bigger or smaller ones? If your aesthetic perspective changes up to a point where breast implant replacements become necessary, our medical team’s training and expertise are ready to accommodate your changes in taste! Replacing your breast implants is a much easier procedure since most of the pain women experience when recovering from breast implant surgery is caused by creating the breast implant pocket under the muscle. The plastic surgeon will often use the same pocket for the breast implant replacement, which facilitates both the procedure and the recovery process.

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Are you considering a breast augmentation procedure and have already decided what size and shape your dream bust should have? Achieving a stunning bust line has never been easier! Make sure to choose an expert, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who understands your needs and preferences and can provide you with all the post-operative instructions needed for a successful recovery. Furthermore, patients should undergo regular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans to identify any unwanted complications.

Enjoying beautiful breasts has never been easier!

Here at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Vinyard helps women regain their self-confidence and achieve the body of their dreams by delivering risk-reducing, long-lasting results. If you’re ready to enjoy the breasts you’ve been longing for so long, our medical team is more than ready to welcome you for a complimentary consultation!              

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