I had BA almost 10 years ago. How often is it recommended to have your implants replaced? Mine are saline implants.
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I had BA almost 10 years ago. How often is it recommended to have your implants replaced? Mine are saline implants
When to Replace Breast Implants.
For you, in the event of a rupture the implant will deflate and the breast will lose volume immediately (or within a few days) and you will know what has happened. This is not a clinical emergency, and the saline is absorbed harmlessly into your system. This is why I tell patients if 10 years go by and you are still generally happy with your size and shape there is no great reason to replace your implants. Patients with silicone gel implants are recommended to check the status of the implant with an MRI (I recommend every 5 years, but the FDA recommends more), as the gel stays very close to the implant (usually within the scar tissue capsule that has formed around the implant) and it is typically difficult to tell by examination whether there is actually a rupture.
For saline implants especially, there really is no accepted time frame for replacement. The % chance that you will have a rupture will continue to go up 1-2% per year as the implant ages, but it may never happen! I recommend stopping in for an exam and conversation with your doctor every year or two to discuss things.
Hope this helps!
I had BA almost 10 years ago. How often is it recommended to have your implants replaced?
Some of the potential complications that may arise would be deflation, capsular contracture, bottoming out (or other type of displacement concerns), or just size change. In other words, if you are happy with the size/shape/positioning of your breast implants and are having no problems, you do not need to do anything. Best wishes.
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OK to leave alone
You will deflate.
If they are fine, leave them alone and enjoy.
Lifespan Of Implants
years, so they need to be replaced during your lifetime. Regular follow up appointments are suggested with your surgeon at least once a year.
Breast Implants after 10 years
There is no need to replace breast implants just because of their age.
Yes; studies have shown 1% per year increase rupture rate; so at 10 years your rupture rate is higher (about 10%) but that does not mean you necessarily need to change the implants.
You may consider remove and replacement of the implants if you have capsular contracture (the capsule around the implant becomes palpable, then visible, then eventually painful), or you are unhappy with the size, shape, or feel of the implants.
If saline implants rupture (or leak), you will notice this yourself (meaning you most likely will not additional studies). There will not be any emergencies or medical issues.
You will simply follow up with your plastic surgeon and she/he will discuss many options for your new implants and type of surgery.
All the best wishes,
If there is no problem, there is nothing to fix
Saline Implant Replacement
As long as you are happy with your results, you don't need to replace your implants. When one fails (ruptures), it will deflate, letting you know it's time for new implants.
Best of luck!
BA going on 10 years
Benjamin J. Cousins MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon