Do breast implants need to be replaced every ten years?

Do breast implants need to be replaced every ten years?

05th Mar 2021

Breast implants are safe medical devices that have been used for over half a century now to increase the size of the breasts. Breast implants are made out of a silicone capsule that is filled with saline solution of a highly cohesive silicone gel. Nowadays, board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States use the fifth generation of breast implants that have been deemed as safe by the FDA.

There are multiple studies performed over the course of sixty years that prove that breast implants are safe and in no way associated with the occurrence or development of breast cancer. Breast augmentation with implants is among the two most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures worldwide.

The reason why breast augmentation with implants is so in demand is because it is the only effective procedure that can help patients get bigger breasts. There are no creams, pills, or potions that can be done to help women increase the size of their breasts. Breast augmentation surgery delivers visible results that last over time.

A question we often hear from interested patients is: do breast implants need to be replaced every ten years? The short but incomplete answer to this question is no. In a vast majority of cases, there is no need to replace breast implants ten years after the operation. The long answer to this question entails discussing multiple aspects of the procedure.

The manufacturers’ warranty for breast implants is ten to fifteen years, depending from case to case. However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t need to replace them earlier or that there might be a need to replace them immediately after the warranty expires.

There are cases of patients who are confronted with complications such as capsular contracture and even the rupture of implants or their leaking, the rippling of the implants, and so on. In these cases, the only viable solution is often to remove and replace the implants with more suitable ones. This means that the revision procedure to replace the implants can take place much sooner than the ten years indicated in the warranty. At the same time, there are patients who have kept their implants for many more years after the warranty expired without experiencing any issues. 

Generally speaking, there isn’t a strict rule about replacing breast implants every ten years; however, patients should be briefed about the potential need to remove and replace them if complications occur. Also, after the warranty expires, patients are advised to be more careful and pay attention to any abnormal symptoms that might occur. The rupture and leaking of implants are more likely to occur after the warranty expires as the implants get old.

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