How long do Breast Implants last?

Hi, I got breast implants over 15 years ago and to be perfectly honest, my boobies still look and feel as good as new. Except I know implants aren't supposed to live forever. My question is how long do these implants last and would it be dangerous if I never replaced them. I don't see why I would want to change them so long as they still look good. Is this just some scam to better line the pockets of plastic surgeons or a serious health concern?


F, 51, Utah

Ten years is generally a good rule of thumb for the life-expectancy of saline and gel implants. But, if you are happy at 10 years with the look and feel of saline implants, you don't need to replace them. Gel implants, however, must be examined to ensure the ongoing integrity of the implant. Silent breakage can lead to an increased risk of capsular contracture. 

Gel implant material can't be absorbed by the body, so the appearance and feel of the implant will not change despite a rupture of the outer implant shell. A gel implant rupture must be detected in a radiologic study, such as an MRI. The FDA recommends that women who receive cohesive gel implants obtain breast implant MRI scans at scheduled intervals after the initial surgery.

Also, implant replacement is typically much easier than a woman's initial breast implant surgery. Most patients can return to work in a day or two and require little to no pain medication. 

Breast implants do not have a clear-cut lifespan. Some women need to replace their implants after only a couple years, but breast plant replacement is unique to each individual. Manufacturers report that they last an average of 10 years. With regular check-ups and care, they may even last 25 years. It is important to visit a trustworthy, board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure that you avoid health concerns.