Should I have my breast implants removed after 24 years? They are the old silicone they used back then.
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Should you have implants removed
Remove breast implants?
- leaking, broken or ruptured implants
- switching from saline to silicone
- going larger in size
- going smaller in size
- switching from above the muscle to below the muscle
- switching from below the muscle to above the muscle
- relieving capsular contracture (hardening of the implant)
- re positioning the implant (up, down, side to side)
- any combination of the above
Contour deformities caused by implants shifting, weight gain, weight lost, breast feeding, pregnancy, other breast surgeries can also lead to breast implant revision/replacement surgery.
Typically, remove and replace procedures are quick outpatient procedures with fast recovery times. Much quicker recovery than the original procedure. If extensive removal of capsules or addition of Alloderm (acellular dermal matrix) is needed, drains may be placed to help with the healing process, and the recovery is longer.
If loose skin is a problem and a breast lift is contemplated, staged procedures might be needed. Saline implants can be deflated in the office setting to allow the breast skin to redrape, this will determine if a lift procedure is needed. Silicone implants may need to be removed to allow for an adequate lifting procedure.
Always visit with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with experience in breast surgery to determine what the best approach is for you.
Based on the information presented, I would recommend the following:
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Why do you suspect that it's leaking? Is there a size change or a change in feel? I would suggest having an exam and possibly some testing such as a mammogram or MRI to determine if the implant is leaking. If it is, then you should have the implant removed. If it is determined that the implant is intact and you are experiencing no other problems, then it is not necessary to have it removed.
They are ruptured
Is necessary to removed silicone implants based just in how old they are?
24 year old silicone implants, should they be removed?
However, the new implants on the market are highly superior to the old silicone implants. The Sientra
Silicone Gel implants are my personal choice because of the highly cohesive gel/shell compatibility. For
more information, visit the Sientra website.
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