In reality, there is no set time to replace breast implants. Capsular contracture: This is the term for hardened scar tissue that can develop around one or both implants, causing discomfort or cosmetic changes. The scar tissue can be removed during implant replacement.
Do breast implants have to be replaced?
Most silicone and saline implants are FDA approved for 10-20 years, but this does not mean that you have to get them replaced every 10-20 years. You can safely go beyond these time frames, and most patients only have to have 1-2 replacements in their lifetime.
Do you need to replace breast implants after 10 years?
After 10 years of an initial breast augmentation, 1 out of 5 patients need some sort of revision procedure. That means 20% of patients need another operation due to excess scarring inside the breast (capsular contracture), broken implant etc. So if youre having an issue, sure, you may need to change out your implants.
What happens when breast implants get old?
Sagging. This is the most common, and natural cosmetic change you may find as you age with breast implants. Sagging can often be corrected with a breast lift, and sometimes with new implants. A minor deflated appearance can be the result of a breast implant sagging or changing position.
Can you leave breast implants in forever?
That said, you should not plan to have your breast implants for an entire lifetime. Breast implants do not last forever, and there are many reasons why women will choose to have their implants removed, usually anywhere from 10 to 20 years after their initial surgery.