Longevity of Breast Implants

Longevity of Breast Implants
  Breast Implants are one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures worldwide.  A breast implant surgery can increase the size and shape of the breast.  “Breast augmentation presents women with the exciting opportunity to have the breasts they’ve always wanted. But no matter if it’s super voluptuous or just a little enhancement, breast augmentation is a serious commitment and women seeking them should know everything about their new additions. Recent advancements in the science of breast implants have made them safer and more durable than ever before. Although there is no designated expiration date on breast implants, some women do find themselves having to remove or replace them due to leakage or deflation.”  Read Further to discover how long breast implants last.

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

The lifespan of breast implants depends on the individual; in some cases they will need to be replaced within the first couple of years after surgery, while others can last as long as 25 years. In general though, manufacturers of breast implants say the products should last about 10 years, on average. Through normal activities, the implants will move and shift within the body over time, eventually wearing down and requiring replacement.”

Saline or Silicone Breast Implants?

There’s been so much talk about which is better, silicone or saline implants.  “The material that implants are made of does make a difference when it comes to how long the implants will last. Many doctors believe that silicone cohesive gel implants are more durable, but the downfall of silicone is that when it leaks it’s more dangerous. A leaking silicone implant may cause bodily reactions such as infections and bruising. Saline, on the other hand, is less durable but leakage will be naturally absorbed by the body. If you’re deciding between silicone and saline implants, keep this information in mind.”

When Implants Need Replacing

There are different reasons why implants need to be replaced.  “Normal wear and tear is to be expected and will decrease the longevity of implants over time. But surprisingly, the most common reasons for a quick implant leak has little to do with the patient and more to do with the plastic surgeon. The implant itself may also be damaged during the initial surgery. Overfilling or underfilling is common and causes the implants’ shape to change, making it more prone to leakage. Similarly, implants that are the wrong size also cause rippling and wrinkling. It’s incredibly important to choose a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in breast augmentation—or you may risk having to have your breast implants replaced sooner than you expect.”


When getting breast implants, it’s important to choose the right doctor and educate yourself as much as possible regarding the different implant materials, size, shape and other considerations.  If you would like to learn more about your options and find out why we are the right clinic for you, please contact us at vipps@vipps.kr


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