I have 18 yr old saline implants, have never had a problem aside from the right has always been slightly smaller then left. Now it seems to be more noticeable (past year). Is this normal for old implants? Should I get new ones?
18 Yr Old Saline Implants, One is Noticably Larger then Other, Do I Need New Ones? Is This Normal? (photo)
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Replacing 18 Year-Old Implants with Assymetry
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Old saline implants and deflation
It is possible to have a partial deflation in a saline implant. See a PS and have this evaluated. Implants can be replaced in office under local anesthesia.
18 Year Old Implants and Replacement
18 year old saline implants may need to be replaced if there is a slow leak in one of the implants. Please have your plastic surgeon examine your breasts to determine if this is the case.
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Breast and implant changes over time
With any change in breast size, you should consider that your 18-year old implants have changed. It could also be just that your breasts have changed over time. Either way, a consultation with a plastic surgeon would serve you well, so you can learn your options. Best wishes.
Saline Implants, One is Noticably Larger then Other
When there is a size change in a patient with saline implants, suspect an implant leak. A consultation with a plastic surgeons can determine whether this is the issue, and a recommendation would be made to replace one or both implants. Both makes sense at 18 years after primary surgery.
When you ready for an in person consultation, RealSelf has listings of surgeons in your area. You should consider cross referencing the listings from the The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (plasticsurgery dot org). A listing in the ASPS website assures you that your surgeon is not only board certified, but also is a member in good standing of the major plastic surgery organization in the U. S. Thank you for your question, best wishes.
Partial deflation of saline implant caused by valve failure
Usually a partial deflation of a saline implant, which it looks like you have on the right is caused by a valve failure. While it is not an emergency, it is often easier to replace the implant sooner rather than later as the pocket starts to close around the deflated implant. You may want to consider replacing both implants if you do have surgery.
Changes in breast size
following a saline augmentation implies a leak of some kind. Please see a local surgeon to help you through this process but 18 y/o implants should certainly be under consideration for replacement. And at the same time, you could consider other procedures if so inclined.
Thank you for the photo. I see the difference in size. This probably represent a slow leak of the saline implant. I would difinitely seek a consultation with a board cerified plastic surgeon. It is certainly reasonable to have the right one replaced.
If your breasts look noticeably difffernt after 18 years, it may be that one implants has leaked. You may want to see your surgeon to be evaluated.
Breast Asymmetry 18 Years after Breast Augmentation?
Thank you for the question and picture, but is not possible to give you good advice online. The breast asymmetry that you are noticing currently may be related to several issues including breast implant leakage, breast implant displacement, breast implant encapsulation… Obviously, recommendations for treatment (if any) will depend on diagnosis made after physical examination.
I would suggest that you seek consultation with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons in your area.
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