If you have saline breast implants, a leak would be obvious because your breast would have deflated. A leak in silicone breast implants is not as obvious and often can only be detected with an MRI. For your peace of mind, talk with a board certified plastic surgeon
If you desire exact dx of a leak seek a breast MRI. Or yearly in person boarded PS examinations. But BEST to replace ASAP in my over the internet opinion.
Great question - I am a proponent of if they ain't broke then don't fix it - but... if they are filled with silicone gel, which would be unlikely if they were placed in 2001, you would be due for a breast MRI. If they are filled with saline - I would just do watchful waiting until their appearance changed!
Best of luck.
15 years and still going strong. That is great. Do not get caught up in a number as far as how long they are suppose to last. There is no reason that you need to replace your implants unless you are having some sort of issue with them. Being 15 years old, they are probably saline and you would for sure know if they had started leaking. Until then, do not worry.
Agree with docs below.
If you would like a check up you are welcome to drive up the interstate
You do not have to replace your implants on any kind of "schedule". It is generally recommended to monitor your implants with the help of an experienced physician and image or replace if there are suspected problems.
If they are perfectly fine with no issues as you describe, then you can continue watchful waiting with your/a plaswithout concerns.
There is no precise timetable- only guidelines which do not apply in every case.
Thank you for your excellent question. Rest assured that if you are not having any issues with your implants it is safe to maintain them in place and not have them exchanged for new ones. Surgeons previously recommended exchange after 10 years but we have largely backed away from that statement. As far as the type of implants you have I would reach out to your surgeon's practice to obtain your medical records which should contain this information. Most surgeons also give patients a medical device tracking card with the patient's implant serial numbers. Hope that this helps.