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How Long Do Breast Implants Last

Mark Kohout - Thursday, January 02, 2014

Qlbreast implantsIf you are considering getting breast implants, the chances are you’ve been doing your fair share of internet research. Without a doubt you have come across a blog or forum with someone claiming that breast implants require replacing every 10 years. This is patently untrue.

Breast implants are designed so that they never need to be replaced, and carry a lifetime replacement guarantee. While breast implants do indeed tend to be replaced on average every 11-15-years, this has more to do with a change in a womans breast tissue or preferences.

How your body responds to the implant and the type of implant you choose (silicone or saline) will affect its longevity.

When you decide to get breast implants, you should be aware that you may need to have further surgery or have the original implant removed. This is due to the fact that the implant is a foreign object inside your body and there is no predicting how your body will react to implants.

The projected  lifespan of breast implants today is considerably longer than older models (approximately up to 20 years more). While these predictions are positive because these implants are relatively new, there is no empirical evidence to back up these lifespan claims.  In general, your chance of having to have the implants removed and/or replaced is around 10% after 7 years.

Generally, the reason breast implants are removed is because of a tear or rupture of the implant. Sometimes women change their mind about the size of the implant and opt to go for either larger or smaller. Other times, implants are taken out because they have lost their aesthetic appeal. Gravity also plays its role by taking its toll on the skin, which causes the implant to descend or sag.  Contracture of the implant capsule also occurs , and, if severe enough, may make your breasts firm or hard, leading to discomfort, pain or even misshaping of the breast.  capsular contracture , or hardening, is another cause of having to remove/ replace implants.

As with any medical procedure, it is important to sit down and talk with your doctor about the outcomes and possible complications that are inherent with surgery.
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