How often do breast implants need to be replaced?

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Is it true that breast implants need to be replaced every 10 years? What if I decide to wait another few.. or even more? Can I get complications because of that? 

daurax

F, 36, Maryland

Thank you for sharing your question.  Breast implants do not need to be replaced after 10 years.  I have seen many women that have had Breast Implants for more than ten years that are doing just fine.  I do not recommend exchanging the implants just because it has been 10 years.  Complications do not arise from leaving them in longer.  Tightening of the capsule that your body makes around the implant, also called Capsular Contracture, would be a reason to replace them.  If this were to happen, you would experience some pain and a tight feeling, and see a shape change in the way the implant looks.  Another reason to replace an implant would be rupture, or switching from Saline to Silicone to enhance the appearance. I hope this information was helpful to you.

Best Wishes, Dr. B. 

Good morning. Thank you for your question. No, it is not true that implants must be replaced every 10 years. If the implants remain soft, free of capsular contracture and intact, they can last a lifetime. They are not like tires that need to be changed every 60,000 miles. The implant manufacturers provide a 10 year warrantee such that if issues arise with the implants within that time frame, the manufacturer will replace the implants and provide some funding for surgery, however, this does not mean that the implants should be replaced  every ten years. Consultation with your surgeon and evaluation for signs of capsular contracture and or implant failure periodically is a  good idea. As a surgeon, long term follow up is very helpful. In short, if there has been no change in your implants over time, there is no reason to replace them just because they hit the 10 year or 12 year or 25 year mark.

Regards,

Dr. Morrissey