Reconstruction After Masectomy?

Do you have to have the implants replaced over the years ?

Doctor Answers 5

Implants Last

Breast implants can last a very long time, typically for 10-15 years. Unless there is a problem with them, you should be fine. It is also good to have a yearly mammogram as well.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Implant longevity in reconstructions

are difficult to predict.  With the newer cohesive gel implants, the concern about rupture are much less.  As a prior poster said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.  If your breasts are natural in appearance, I personally do not worry if the shell cold be torn.  According to what we know, there are no life-threatinging issues.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Breast reconstruction and implants

There is no specific life of an implant. I always say "if they ain't broke...then don't fix 'em!"  Unless there is a problem leave them alone.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Most implants last around 10-15 years

Breast implants will last forever and usually last 10-15 years. You will need to have yearly follow up exam post reconstruction.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 122 reviews

Replace implants

you do not need to have them replaced if there are no issues with them.  i quote patients a 1-2 % per year chance of problems with the actual implants

Jonathan Saunders, MD
Newark Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

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