Breast implants are a popular cosmetic surgery option for women looking to enhance their bust line. While breast implants are made to last for many years, they are not designed to last a lifetime. Understanding when and why breast implants need to be replaced is important for women who have had this procedure. In this article, we will discuss the longevity of breast implants, why they need to be replaced, and how to know when it’s time to consider replacement.

How long do breast implants last?

The average lifespan of a breast implant is 10 to 15 years. However, the longevity of an implant can vary greatly depending on several factors such as the type of implant, the individual’s age, lifestyle, and overall health, and any complications that may arise during or after surgery.

Why do breast implants need replacing?

Breast implants may need to be replaced due to several reasons, including:

Changes in the shape or size of the implants: Over time, the implants may change shape or size due to factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, or gravity.

Pain or discomfort: Pain or discomfort in the chest area may be a sign that the implants have shifted or become ruptured.

Capsular contracture: This is a condition in which the tissue around the implant tightens and causes the implant to become hard. This can be painful and can also change the shape of the implant.

Implant rupture: Rupture of a silicone implant is usually silent, meaning there may not be any obvious signs. However, you may notice a change in the shape or size of the implant, or feel pain or discomfort. A saline implant will deflate rapidly if ruptured, which is usually obvious.

Signs of aging: If you have had your implants for many years, you may start to notice signs of aging such as wrinkles or sagging, which may indicate the need for replacement.

“How will I know if my breast implants need replacing?”

If you have breast implants, it’s important to discuss any changes you have noticed or concerns you may have with your London plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon may recommend imaging tests, such as an MRI, to help determine the condition of your implants.

In conclusion, breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime and may need to be replaced at some point. Understanding the signs of implant wear and tear and regular check-ups with your plastic surgeon can help to ensure that your implants are in good condition and that replacement is performed when necessary.

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