How Many Years Will My Breast Implants Last?

Dr. Atul Kesarwani is the medical director of the Cosmedical Rejuvenation Clinic. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesarwani has 30+ years of experience in the field. Read more about Dr. Kesarwani >


How Many Years Will My Breast Implants Last?

One of the leading questions many breast augmentation patients have before their surgery is: “How long will my implants last after placement?” To address this question, it’s important to look at the factors involved in implant durability. We’ll review the performance of the latest implants, and how you can ensure longevity.

The Average Lifespan of Implants

The data shows that the average lifespan of breast implants is 10 years. But in some cases, patients have found they are comfortable with the same implants for as long as 25 years or longer. The lifespan of your implants depends on a number of factors, including your age, health and your activities. With everyday activities, your implants can move and eventually degrade. Those who complete strenuous activity on a regular basis may find that their implants require replacement within a shorter timespan.

Signs Implants Require Replacement

If you’ve undergone breast augmentation and you’re wondering whether it’s time to have your implants replaced, it’s important to know the signs of a required replacement. The following are clear signs you’ll need to undergo a replacement surgery in the near future:

  • Rippling
    Rippling occurs when the implant shifts within the body. When your body changes, the implant can fold in on itself under pressure from your skin and tissue. Breast tissue that initially covered the implant may begin to recede as your body changes, highlighting the rippling effect from the implant.
  • Hardening
    Hardening is a leading issue for breast implant patients. This can occur when the scar tissue around the implant builds up as the immune system responds to a foreign object. You might feel tightness or pain around the side of your breast and at the implant site. This is called capsular contracture.
  • Rupturing
    The most common implant types are saline and silicone and over time, these materials can degrade and tear. Older implants are more susceptible to the leaking process and so those who have had their implants for several years should consult with their cosmetic specialist regularly to determine whether the implants have ruptured. Those who have experienced physical trauma may also find that their implants leak, requiring replacement.

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