If you’re asking this question, you’re either considering a breast augmentation or already had one. Either way, you will want to know the answer to this question and more. Like:
- How often should I have my implants checked?
- How often should I replace them?
- Will breast implants inevitably leak?
- How will I look with implants when I’m older?
These questions, along with a few others, are more common than you think. Before having the operation, a woman should understand what to expect afterward. Here are answers to a few questions to get you ready to enjoy the benefits of breast augmentation.
Do Breast Implants Last a Lifetime?
Although many patients keep their implants for fifteen years or more, they are not intended to last a lifetime. Eventually, your implants will need replacing for several reasons. The risk of rupture steadily increases after ten years, so it makes sense to visit your plastic surgeon regularly after that. You should also expect to have follow-up surgeries during your lifetime.
When Is It Necessary for Breast Implant Replacement?
In time, every implant will rupture or break. A leak in a saline implant is easy to recognize as the breast will deflate. Silicone implants are typically more durable and will not get smaller as the gel is usually held in place by the scar tissue.
Implant rupture is detected by changes in breast appearance or feel or imaging like mammograms and MRIs.
What Happens to Breast Implants as You Age?
Many women decide to change or remove their implants because of the natural effects of aging. Because of factors like sun damage, lost connective tissue, weight fluctuation, motherhood, and hormonal changes, implants might not look or feel the same after several years.
Some women choose to replace their implants to restore their original look and feel. Others may want to go smaller after getting older to ease the weight and bulk after lifestyle changes. They can either go smaller or have their implants removed without replacement.
What Options for Implant Replacement are Available?
For patients who have enjoyed their implants for years but are ready for a change, options are available once the decision is made to remove them. The patient may choose a different size, type, or shape implant. This change may work better for the patient as they enter a different stage of their life.
She may choose to have a breast lift with no implants. This will elevate the breast to a youthful location and remove any excess tissue and skin.
Choosing an autologous fat graft to add volume to the chest area is another option available to women ready for a change. This process removes fat from another site to slim one part of the body while grafting this added volumne into the breast area.
Sandel Duggal Plastic Surgery and Medspa offers a full range of cosmetic treatments under the expert management of board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Henry Sandel and Dr. Claire Duggal. Contact us today to schedule a consultation in Annapolis.