What is the Longevity of BA? Is it True That Within 10 Years After BA, One will Need a Revision or Replacement?

Hi, I see lots of stories of women getting BA done. Are there any who have had BA done 10 yrs ago and what was their experience over the yrs? Also from the docs, do they see their patients coming in for revisions or replacements, those who got their BA some yrs ago.

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Breast implants can last a very long time

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All of us have patients who have had breast implants in 10 years and for some perhaps 20 years. If your are happy with your results there is no reason to revise your agumentation. Keep in mind eventually a saline implant will leak and need replacing, and gel implants have a leak rate of 9% at 10 years, and you will need to begin to think about them, MRI, replace, etc.


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation longevity

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Breast implants can last a lifetime. The decision for revision or replacement is patient based. Obviously if an implant ruptures then the patient will want a replacement. If there is some asymmetry most patients will do nothing but some will decide to have additional surgery.  It has been my experience that the additional surgery rate has been low.

John P. Stratis, MD
Harrisburg Plastic Surgeon
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Longevity Of Breast Implants

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Many women who undergo breast augmentation never require revisional surgery.  I have been performing BAs for over 25 years and the majority of my patients have never had any revisional operations.  The most common indication, in my practice, for revision has been deflated saline implants.

John Whitt, MD
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question.

I have seen patients who have had breast implants in place for 20 years with no issues.  In my practice, I tell patients, "if it's not broke, don't try to fix it".  So if a patient has had surgery and is not having any issues such as capsular contracture, deflation, size issues, etc.., there is no need to exchange the breast implants.

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