How long do breast implants last? Does having the impact over vs under the muscle make a difference in implant life span?
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Only diamonds last forever
Breast Implant Longevity
With that said, most patients find that their implants last for many years. Ten years is not at all unusual, and many patients find their implants remain intact much longer than that. While you may wish to have a periodic MRI to check for integrity--in the case of silicone gel implants--there's really no reason to consider replacing breast implants unless some kind of problem arises.
There's no evidence that size, placement and other aspects of your implant choices have much, if any, impact on longevity. Choose a well-qualified, board certified plastic surgeon and make decisions about what's best for you and your body.
Elliot Jacobs, M.D.
New York Plastic Surgeon
Breast implants how long do they last
In saline implants the rate of rupture has been quoted somewhere between 1%-4% per year. Basically the older the implant the higher the risk of rupture.
With a saline implant, If your happy and you look good my philosopy is if "it's not broke don't fix it" If the shell of the lmplant leaks it just releases salt water which is what your body is made of. You'll know if you leak because the breast will get rapidly smaller. I have patients that have gone more than 20 years with intact saline implants.
With respect to silicone implants the new generation of cohesive implants have a thicker shell and a thicker silicone. All early indications are that they should last longer and behave better than the older generation of gel implants and may even last longer than saline. This longevity is still being evaluated.
Because you can't always tell if a silicone implant is leaking on physical examination (the gel just stays inside you) the FDA currently recommends women with gel implants get an MRI to look at the implants 3 years after surgery and every 2 years thereafter.
Because the rate of capsular can go up if an implant leaks I would rather see my own patients change a gel implant before they find a leak on the MRI. Exchanging an intact gel implant is a short procedure with little down time. Removing a tight contracted and leaking implant is much more involved. I use the conservative estimate of 10 years presently but I expect to increase this as we get more information on the lonevity of our new generation of silicone gel implants.
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How long do breast implants last
As for the positioning of the implant below or above the muscle, this has not been shown to affect the life span of the implant.
Best of luck with your breasts.
How long do breast implants last?
Breast implants can last for a very long time
How long do Breast Implants last
As has been pointed out, there is no fixed time frame for the life of implants and 10 - 15 years would be a conservative estimate.
However while the implants stay largely unchanged, the reaction of the tissues (around the implant, muscles, skin, capsule), your body weight, pregnancy, and generalised ageing will change the relationship between your body frame and the implant, to some extent (which is different for each individual)
This might call for an implant exchange.
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Like all prosthetic material, such as hip and knee replacements. Breast implants also have a shelf life.
Now it can vary how long they last, especially with the quality of implants in use today.
A safe estimate would be 10-15years.
Here is a little video and short article on it.
Breast implant longevity
There is no time limit as to when they have to come out. Simply they can stay in as long as there is no problem with them.
The placement of the implant should not effect the life span however continued contraction of the muscle sometimes pushes the implant down and to the side if the implant is placed underneath the muscle.
Best of luck ....
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