Breast Implants whether for cosmetic or reconstruction purposes are not lifelong devices.
Implants whether silicone, saline, or cohesive gel typically have a life span between 10 to 15 years before certain manufacturers recommend replacing the breast implant and determine how long breast implants last.
How long breast implants last depends on factors like manufacturer quality of the implant, the type of the implant, and the texture of the implant that may have a recall that requires those implants to be removed due to health issues.
Medical conditions that determine how long breast implants last can be certain manufacturers that made textured implants that were recalled and needed to be removed due to BIA-ALCL breast cancer risk
Other factors that affect how long breast implants last are breast implant illness or BII. If a patient is experiencing issues like chronic fatigue, headache’s, foggy brain, autoimmune disorders, rashes, joint pain, and difficulty breathing this may be a sign of breast implant illness.
Trauma to the breast can affect how long breast implants last. Trauma or injury to a breast implant can cause a rupture, and depending on the style of the implant can result in a leak, or simply just extrude and not be noticed until diagnostic imaging is performed.
Other issues that may affect how long breast implants last can be pregnancy or breast-feeding. These may change the overall droopiness or look of the breast implants over time and may need to be removed and surgically revised
How long breast implants last may all also be up to the owner. Many patients may simply just not address the age of their implants with some implants still being in for 30-40 years. The patient philosophy may be “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. Some in the surgical community would argue that if a patient is symptom-free and not having any issues they don’t need to remove and replace the implants. Others disagree.
Conditions like capsular contracture can sometimes determine how long breast implants last. Capsular contracture is where the naturally occurring shell begins to thicken and squeeze around the implant, and depending on the age or type of implant can cause a rupture. Implants that have been in for many years that suffer capsular contracture can also become calcified. For conditions or situations like the above, implants will need to be removed and replaced. It is important for patients to be very wary of the risk of the capsular contracture happening again even after an implant exchange and replacement.
For patients with a history of capsular contracture, who do not have ruptured implants, there is a non-surgical option that can treat the condition without the need for removal of the implant.
The Aspen After Surgery Center in Coral Springs, Florida is an international treatment center that can help soften, loosen, and regain the shape and look of the breast implant without the need to remove your breast implants surgically.
If you have questions regarding uneven, lopsided, hard, painful implants or capsular contracture
Please call and speak with a clinical specialist at 1-877-277-3615.
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