Do I Need to Remove my Saline Implants As They Are 23 Years Old?

I have had my implants for over 23 years with no problems. They were inserted under the pectorial muscles.

Doctor Answers 5

23 year old saline implants. Need to be removed?

Most plastic surgeons would not remove the saline implants unless you were having and issue with them, (pain, capsular scaring, deflation, etc;).  Best to visit with a board certified plastic surgeon and see what recommendation he/she has for you.

Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Do nothing

There is a lot of “Urban Legend" stuff about implants. I hear about the need to get new ones every 10 years in my office ever day. That is all bogus. Leave saline implants alone if you like the shape and the look. If an implant collapses then replace as soon as possible.


James Apesos, MD
Dayton Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Saline implants

If the implants are soft and not giving you trouble you may not want to do anything. If they are bothering yoou, you may want to get them evaluated by a plastic surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

If it isn't broke....then don't fix it.

If you have no hardening, volume change, or position problem, then I do not recommend routine implant exchange - esp for saline. Saline implants will let you know when they leak - you will get a noticeable volume difference as the saline is absorbed

Brian Klink, MD
Vacaville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Removal of Saline Implants with no problems.

Having saline breast implants for a length of time without problems probably does not represent an indication for removal.   If you have any concerns, your best bet would be to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area experienced in aesthetic breast surgery. 

Stephen Delia, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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